Newport Native Returns to PAC Stage
On Sunday, January 5 , at 2:00 pm in the PAC Lobby, another PAC Alumni Event will be held to celebrate the legacy of the Newport Performing Arts Center. After 25 years with central coast youth passing across the boards as actors, musicians, and technicians- some have gone on to pursue a career in the performing arts. Once again, the OCCA is proud to offer this opportunity, so that local patrons can hear what these young professionals are presenting to the world. PAC Alumni Events are free, with donations accepted for “Entertain the Future!” – the capital campaign to enhance and expand the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Seann Branchfield is home from New York City for the holidays, and will share his musical talents as a composer for the touring group “Symfinity”. Seann grew up in Newport and graduated from NHS in 2002. He will be joined by Crystal Kim, also from New York City.
Seann and Crystal from will be performing acoustic renditions of Symfinity songs. Symfinity is a New York-based alternative symphonic rock band. Founded in 2009 by Seann, as the composer/songwriter, he orchestrated the songs for a debut album. After numerous shows under a couple of names and lineup changes, the band has finally arrived at its current incarnation. The music is progressive in terms of orchestration and its unique sound, rather than long complicated forms associated with most symphonic rock music. Symfinity has typically played regular shows in New York City, but has from time to time embarked on miniature tours in Oregon and the northeastern United States. Currently the band is preparing to release both an acoustic EP, and a full album featuring a live 50-piece orchestra later in 2014.
This program, sponsored by the OCCA, is a fund raising event for Entertain the Future! benefitting the Newport Performing Arts Center managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. You can “Play a Role @ the PAC” by attending or contributing to the campaign.
Entertain the Future! : A Capital Campaign to Enhance and Expand the Newport Performing Arts Center, is a $4.3 million project consisting of a series of sequential initiatives, including: 1) enhancing the Alice Silverman Theatre to improve performance experience; 2) expanding the Studio Theatre to allow for an increased range of performance activities, 3) enhancing audience amenities to allow for simultaneous staging of performances, and 4) expanding storage, practice space, and green rooms to accommodate increased scale and scope of performances.
The band is marketed on the web. You can listen to some tracks, see video of a performance and purchase some recordings at the following sites: www.reverbnation.com/symfinity
The current fund raising initiative is for The Alice Silverman Theatre Acoustic Upgrade. This initiative began in the autumn of 2012, and is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2014. The replacement and upgrade of the existing sound system was completed in early 2013 and included the purchase and installation of a new PA system as well as wireless and floor microphones. The next phase focuses on the purchase and installation of a digital acoustic system that will allow the Alice Silverman Theatre to be acoustically reconfigured within a matter of minutes for a variety of performances ranging from individuals, small groups, and full orchestration through the range of small to large theatrical performances. This will enhance the versatility of the theatre and the quality of the performances. The fund raising goal for the Acoustic Enhancement Initiative is $320,000.00, with the final third left to go!
The goal of the Acoustic Enhancement project is to increase the capacity and performance quality of the Alice Silverman Theatre at the Performing Arts Center in order to serve more individuals and performers. The acoustic enhancement system will provide for acoustic quality and flexibility unmatched in Oregon. This unique acoustic signature will encourage high-end touring performances to consider coming to Newport. Finally, the flexibility of the system will reduce downtime and allow for an increased performance schedule in one of the state’s most beloved theatres..
What is Acoustic Enhancement? The Alice Silverman Theatre acoustical architecture was designed and set to address one general type of theatrical performance. However, the Alice Silverman Theatre is utilized for a variety of performances including musical presentations ranging from full orchestration to individual performers, video, opera and everything in between. Each type of performance requires different acoustic conditions in order to optimize the experience for the audience and performers. With digital Acoustic Enhancement, the virtual design capabilities can integrate permanently installed sound equipment with a computerized controller. These systems allow a single venue to be acoustically reconfigured, with no physical changes to the architecture, at the touch of a button. For instance, a venue could be set to optimize the acoustic characteristics for a musical presentation in the morning and reset for a literary reading in the afternoon, followed by a Shakespearean performance in the evening.
On the average, the PAC is home to over 170 performances each year, with 26,275 attendees, and 790 participants on stage and back-stage. Over the last 25 years more than 517,000 people have attended ticketed performances. Another 117,500 people have experienced the arts through rehearsals, school shows, community events, regional and statewide music festivals, workshops, and meetings. The PAC is the heart and soul of 12 resident presenters: three theatre companies, three dance groups, a symphony, two choral ensembles, a film series, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and HD Live! All of these resident companies provide a vast compliment of opportunities for hands-on learning and participation in the performing arts to people of all ages.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast. Located in Newport it manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.
For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787), visit www.coastarts.org , or email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone, email@example.com