EGG HARBOR, WI (June 13, 2014) – With their high-definition, 36-foot mobile production truck, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will record the Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band concert Saturday, June 28, and the Symphony concert Thursday, July 3.
In preparation for the recordings, WPT technical staff and production crew visited the Birch Creek campus in April. With Birch Creek Executive Director Alan Kopischke as the guide, WPT staff inspected, measured, photographed, and asked questions relative to Birch Creek’s historic performance barn, lighting and recording equipment, natural acoustics, students and concerts.
Mr. Kopischke states, “In 2011, Wisconsin Public Television unveiled their new production vehicle, and Birch Creek was honored to be among its first recording destinations for a ‘Jazz at Birch Creek’ concert. It was a great experience! We are thrilled to have WPT back on our campus to record these two concerts, so viewers throughout the state can have additional opportunities to enjoy the musical talents of our students and faculty.”
WPT’s 40-fader, 108-channel Calrec Audio’s Zeta console enables the station’s HD mobile production facility – built by L-3 Communications with integration services from By Request Communications – to deliver 42 stereo and 24 mono channels of audio. Based on the company’s Alpha console, the Zeta offers resilience, sound quality and a high level of features in a compact digital console. The console is intuitive to operate and engineered for built-in reliability, with such features as hot-swappable cards and panels, as well as intelligent redundancy on all system-critical elements.
A camera rehearsal will be conducted during the Drumming Comedy and Pops concert Thursday, June 27. Attendees at the rehearsal and taped concerts should be aware that they may be included in the recordings, and brief, minimal obstructions are a possibility. Everyone involved in the production will take care to be respectful of the audience’s experience.
Make your reservation now to be in the audience when WPT videotapes “‘Steel’ the Thunder” and “Painting with Sound.” Tickets: Adults/$29; reduced ticket prices for young adults and children. Music begins at 7:30 pm in the campus gazebo, and moves inside the historic barn at 8:00. Visit BirchCreek.org for tickets and the complete concert schedule.
Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music school in Door County, WI, for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Five sessions focus on percussion and steel band, symphony, big band jazz and vocal jazz. Applications are welcome.
2014 Season Concert Schedule
Percussion & Steel Band – June 19–28
Symphony – July 3–12
Big Band Jazz – July 16–August 9
Vocal Jazz – August 12–August 16