Thoughts & News

02/21/12

george WASHINGTON by Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds was com­mis­sioned by the National Sym­phony in Wash­ington DC to com­pose a work using texts from George Washington’s let­ters, jour­nals, and writ­ings. Reynolds asked Ross Karre and Jaime Oliver to col­lab­o­rate in the cre­ation of an orches­tral piece with three nar­ra­tors, video pro­jec­tion, and live spa­tial­ized elec­tronic sounds. The piece pre­miered on October 3, 4, 5th in the Kennedy Center in Wash­ington DC.

The cre­ation of the video involved sev­eral trips to Washington’s Estate at Mt. Vernon where Reynolds and Karre cap­ture images of the local land­scape, orig­inal 18th-century struc­tures, and arti­facts from Washington’s life as a sur­veyor, army gen­eral, and pres­i­dent.