University of Maryland Musicians perform Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy (video)
From youtube notes:
On May 4, 2012, the UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) performed Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" from memory, with movement design by choreographer Liz Lerman.
Movement is an inherent element of music-making; yet, its impact goes largely unexplored in the orchestral setting. UMSO's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" explores the connection between movement and music, specifically, how that connection facilitates communication and a colorful, nuanced performance.
I just can't imagine why we don't do this more often!
How fabulously this would go over in any setting from an unforgettable educational concert for youngsters, to an orchestra's creativity throughout its season.
For us flutists:
Isn't it great that this is not about sitting still and trying to play without breathing? HAAAAAAA! :>)
New find: July 2012
Mimi Stillman - solo flute with dancers (see on youtube.)
Rodion Shchedrin's "The Sealed Angel". A monumental work for chorus and solo flute. The fifth movement is for flute alone.
Performed live, November 2009 www.mimistillman.org
I just love to see flutists move across an acoustic space.
It's so vibrant!