Violinist Performs 'Mixed Reality Concert' In Claremont

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Violinist Performs 'Mixed Reality Concert' In Claremont
September 10, 2020
Violinist Francesca Anderegg will perform “Invisible Threads (Augmented Reality Concert)” on Friday during a virtual concert hosted by the West Claremont Center for the Music and the Arts at Union Episcopal Church. (Photograph courtesy of Francesca Anderegg)

 

CLAREMONT — Admittedly, watching a virtual concert that features an artist’s performance projected via hologram in an Upper Valley venue sounds a little strange.

 

But, also admittedly, these are strange times we are living in, and organizations’ efforts to embrace unfamiliar and new technology to produce programs is something to be admired. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, people will have the opportunity to try that new technology when violinist Francesca Anderegg performs “Invisible Threads (Augmented Reality Concert)” hosted by the West Claremont Center for the Music and the Arts at Union Episcopal Church. Tickets can be purchased at wcc-ma.org ($15 for members, $25 for nonmembers, students are free; scholarship funds are also available).

 

“I feel like this is something that once people get it in their brains, they’re going to be really excited about it,” said Melissa Richmond, executive director of the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. “It’s kind of a cool way to interact with musicians.”

 

Anderegg initially performed in front of a green screen from her home. That video performance will then be transposed onto the stage at the nonprofit organization. After purchasing a ticket, people will receive a link to access the performance via a tablet or smartphone and rotate their devices to see more of the space. Headphones are recommended to improve the audio quality.

 

“Basically what it looks like is it looks like she’s performing in our venue but it’s all through augmented reality,” Richmond said, describing it as similar to “the early stages of the Holodeck on StarTrek” and the mobile game PokemonGo.

 

“Instead of projecting the Pokemon into your living room, it’s putting the artists into our concert venue in a 360 (degree) sphere. She’s one of those little Pokemon.”

 

Alternatively, attendees can stream the concert on a stationary screen such as a computer. The performance also includes interviews with composers and Anderegg will participate in an audience Q&A. The performance will be up online for two days afterward for ticket holders.

 

“We’re not simply trying to get around the fact that we can’t get together live,” Richmond said. “There’s these additional benefits like having composers participate.”

 

The center is among one of the beta testers of the augmented reality program, Richmond said. Officials from the music and arts center found out about the software from an artist management firm they work with in Boston. It was used earlier this summer during a performance at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish.

 

“We’re not usually at the forefront of the technology that’s being developed,” Richmond said with a laugh. “I think I was a little bit nervous if this would too far out there, particularly for your typical classical crowd which tends to be a little less tech savvy. They took very beautifully to the format. There were so many people who were just amazed.”

 

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Here’s a look at other Upper Valley-based events that are taking place over the next few days.

 

Thursday

■Stop by ArtisTree Community Arts Center (2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to view a new exhibition of paintings by Margaret Dwyer titled “Into the Woods. Into the Deep (from the park through the pandemic).” Masks required. Exhibit will be up through Sept. 26. artistreevt.org.

 

■Take a free Music Together Online demo class from 12:30-1 p.m. led by instructors from the Upper Valley Music Center. The class is directed at children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Register at uvmusic.org.

 

■Use Kilton Public Library laptops and print documents from 2-4 p.m. during an Outdoor Tech Lab at the Kilton Green Space, behind the library at 80 Main St. in West Lebanon. Librarians will be on hand to answer questions. leblibrary.com/node/4535.

 

■Start streaming four free films through White River Indie Films (WRIF) as part of their Race & U.S. Elections Film series. John Lewis: Good Trouble and Time for Ilhan are available now through Sept. 22. Slay the Dragon and Capturing the Flag will be up from Sept. 22-Oct. 6. Panel discussions will take place virtually on Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. Register at wrif.org.

 

Friday

■The Hanover Garden Club is holding an impromptu Perennial Plant Sale at their holding beds in the Pine Knoll Cemetery (121 S. Main St., Hanover) from 9 a.m.-noon. Pricing will be around $5 per plant or clump. Cash or check. Bring your own bags or boxes for plants you buy. Plants will be dug as needed. Organizers are asking for patience as buyers wait to choose plants in order to maintain safety precautions. All money raised will go toward the Town Garden funds.

 

■Take a free Music Together Online demo class from 9:30-10 a.m. led by instructors from the Upper Valley Music Center. The class is directed at children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Register at uvmusic.org.

 

■Make a reservation and pick up a free Harvest Festival to Go kit from the Enfield Shaker Museum from 2-5 p.m. The kits will include crafts, Shaker recipes and other items. Visit shakermuseum.org to request a kit.

 

■Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble and the Claremont Opera House Orchestra will join together for an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. at Arrowhead Recreation Area (18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont). Masks are required except when in assigned seating area. Picnicking welcome. In case of rain, the event will move to the Claremont Opera House. Tickets are $15 for adults 21 and over, $5 for students ages 5-20. Purchase tickets in advance at claremontoperahouse.info.

 

■Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Lyman Point Park in White River Junction to watch The Goonies from 6:45-9:45 p.m. Social distancing guidelines available at hartfordrec.com.

 

Saturday

■The Hanover Garden Club is holding an impromptu Perennial Plant Sale at their holding beds in the Pine Knoll Cemetery (121 S. Main St., Hanover) from 9 a.m.-noon. Pricing will be around $5 per plant or clump. Cash or check. Bring your own bags or boxes for plants you buy. Plants will be dug as needed. Organizers are asking for patience as buyers wait to choose plants in order to maintain safety precautions. All money raised will go toward the Town Garden funds.

 

■Stop by the Hartford Historical Society (1461 Maple St., Hartford Village) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for a yard sale fundraiser featuring tools, books, furniture and chotchkies. Proceeds benefit historical society. Cash only, masks required.

 

■Take a free Rhythm Kids Online demo class from 10-10:30 a.m. led by instructors from the Upper Valley Music Center. The class is directed at children ages 4-6. Register at uvmusic.org.

 

■The United Methodist Church (106 Gates St., White River Junction) will have a Take Out Turkey Supper. All dinners are $10 and will be picked up curbside at the church from 4:30-6 p.m. Call 802-295-7091 after 1 p.m. to place order.

 

■The West Lebanon Congregational Church (18 Maple St.) is hosting a drive-through chicken barbecue take-out dinner from 5-6:30 p.m., or until sold out. For $15, you’ll receive a half-chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, a dinner roll and a brownie. 603-298-8096.

 

■The Enfield United Methodist Church (Route 4) will hold a chicken, biscuit and gravy take-out from 5-6:30 p.m. Menu includes chicken in gravy, biscuits, green beans, cranberry sauce, beverages and homemade pies Adults, $10; children ages 5-10, $5 and children under 5 are free.

 

■Stop by the Fairlee Community Church of Christ (Route 5) beginning at 5:30 p.m. for a drive-up and takeout soup and chowder supper. Cost is by donation. 802-333-9507.

 

■Pentangle Arts in collaboration with North Universalist Chapel, will screen the film I Am Not Your Negro at the North Chapel Back Lawn (7 Church St.) at 7 p.m. as part of the September Film Series. Free, donations accepted. Patrons required to observe social-distance and mask-wearing guidelines. Advance reservations required. pentanglearts.org.

 

Sunday

■The Norwich Bookstore and Norwich Public Library have teamed up to offer a Story Walk that features the children’s book The Friendship Book, written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Stop by Norwich Square (291 Main St.) from now through Sept. 19 to check it out. 802-649-1114.

 

■River Park (173 N. Main St., West Lebanon) will host its last Trails + Trucks gathering of the season from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reckless Breakfast will perform at 1 p.m. Grab a bite to eat from a food truck before exploring the trails in the park. Masks required. friendsofriverpark.org.

 

■Upper Valley Music Center faculty and friends are teaming up for a virtual benefit concert at 4 p.m. Donations will go toward supporting faculty members Jeremiah McLane and Annemieke McLane, who lost their home in a fire. The concert will be hosted by Julie Ness and Ben Van Vliet live on UVMC’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel. uvmusic.org.

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