Upbeat with Alasdair Includes Special Guest Speaker and Two Presentation Times

David Murakami

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director, Alasdair Neale, will be joined on stage by guest speaker and Projection Designer, David Murakami, for the Symphony’s popular speaking series, “Upbeat with Alasdair,” on Thursday, March 15. Due to anticipated high attendance, the Symphony will present the talk twice: once at 4:00 p.m., and a repeat presentation at 6:30 p.m. Both presentations will provide exclusive behind the scenes conversation about the creation of an immersive new multimedia production by Murakami, commissioned by the Symphony, to accompany the August 23 performance of Daphnis et Chloé.

The early program begins at 4:00 p.m. with doors opening at 3:30 p.m., and the encore presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Both presentations are held at The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. in Ketchum. Admission is free. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited, and the event is often full. Reservations for either presentation time can be made by calling the Symphony office, (208) 622-5607, or by emailing info@svsummersymphony.org.

The “Upbeat with Alasdair” speaking series, held at The Community Library in the winter and spring of each year, provides Maestro Neale the opportunity to share the passion and stories behind repertoire to be performed during the Symphony’s summer season. In keeping with the Symphony’s mission, the talks provide opportunities for music education in the Wood River Valley.

Both March 15 “Upbeat with Alasdair” presentations will incorporate a question and answer format between Neale and Murakami and will explore the pastoral romance of Daphnis et Chloé and the creative process behind the projection art accompaniment to be set to music for the Symphony season finale. The format will also allow Murakami the opportunity to share samples of his work and discuss the collaborative process leading up to the August 23 world premiere.

Murakami, who is also the creator of the season image for the cover of 2018 Symphony publications, is an award-winning film director and projection designer who integrates emerging technologies with traditional stage performances. In addition to his work as a designer, Murakami teaches projection design at the University of California, Irvine and works in Los Angeles as an independent film director.

Individuals unable to attend the March 15 lectures in person can watch either presentation time via online livestream on the Symphony’s website at www.svsummersymphony.org/ education-events/.

For additional information on the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Upbeat with Alasdair,” visit www.svsummersymphony.org. For additional information on David Murakami, visit http://davidmurakami.com/.

March 8, 2018