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INTERACTIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE LETS AUDIENCE CHOOSE MUSIC
BAY VIEW, MI – It’s audience choice on Sunday, August 7 at Bay View Music Festival’s This or That—an innovative, interactive concert highlighting Bay View’s resident artists in which the audience will be given the chance to vote on song choices in real time. After last year’s success with the audience voting on which movie theme to play on the orchestra concert, Bay View will present an almost entirely audience-driven concert experience. The August 7 concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Hall Auditorium, 1715 Encampment Ave., Petoskey, Michigan. All are welcome and tickets start at just $16.50 with free admission for those under age 18.
Will it be “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz or “Quando m’en vo” from La Boheme? “God Bless America” or “When the Saints Go Marching In?” Handel or Mozart? Audience members need only bring a smartphone (or even a dumbphone) and have fun choosing between “this” song or “that” song. Watch and listen as the playlist materializes as the evening progresses. Even the artists don’t know which songs the audience will choose.
The evening’s selections will be played by the Bay View Chamber Brass, Spectrum Brass, Bay View Wind Quintet, Bay View Festival Choir, as well as featured Bay View artists including tenor Jeffrey Picon, who was a part of the Emmy Award-winning production of Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera’s Live from Lincoln Center; pianist Anthony J. Patterson, who at just eight years old made his debut with the Lima Symphony; organist and pianist Kelly Hale, who has performed in sixteen different countries from Austria to New Zealand. Taiwanese violinist Wanchi Huang, who started playing the violin at the age of six and soloed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at just 14 years old; South Korean violist Joung Hoon Song, who made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 15 in a nationwide televised concert; and flutist Donna Shin, praised for her seductive sound and charismatic exchanges with the audience.
This concert is part of the Summer Sunset Vespers Series—an ongoing tradition that has evolved into a magnificently eclectic concert series featuring a blend of returning faculty and talented newcomers, all seamlessly woven together for an enriching evening of virtuosic, recognizable, or instantly accessible chamber music, songs, and instrumental solos for the whole family. Patrons who wish to view the biographies of the Bay View faculty can go on line at www.bayviewfestival.org. Tickets start at just $16.50 (Free admission for those under age 18) and can be purchased by calling 888-596-1027 or going on line. For those wanting to purchase in person, Box Office hours are 8:30am-2:30pm at Voorhies Hall, Monday through Sunday and one hour before ticketed events at the performance venue. General questions should be directed to Chris Ludwa at 231-347-4210 or emails sent to [email protected]