Composer Lisa Bielawa to Lead Over 800 Musicians in Performances at Crissy Field, 10/26-27
Composer Lisa Bielawa's Crissy Broadcast turns Crissy Field in San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, into a vast musical canvas in three free performances on Saturday, October 26 at 10-11am and 4-5pm, and Sunday, October 27 at 12-1pm. The hour-long massive, spatial symphony will involve more than 800 musicians, including orchestras, bands, choruses, and experimental new music groups, performing for thousands of music lovers (and unwitting park-goers).
A diverse roster of professional, student, and amateur performing ensembles are working together to bring Crissy Broadcast to life in October. The groups participating include the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (Crissy Broadcast Lead Professional Ensemble), San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Symphony's Community of Music Makers, Chamber Chorus of the University of California, Golden Gate Philharmonic, Great Wall Youth Orchestra of Laney College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lowell High School Orchestra, Aptos Middle School Band, Presidio Middle School Panther Band, Sacred Heart Cathedral Orchestra, Berkeley High Band and Orchestra, and the Ruth Asawa/San Francisco School of the Arts.
Crissy Broadcast is part of San Francisco native Lisa Bielawa's Airfield Broadcasts project. In May, she created Tempelhof Broadcast in Berlin on the historic airfield-turned-public-park Tempelhof Field in partnership with the Berlin Parks Department (Grün Berlin GmbH) and under the patronage of the U.S. Embassy. Approximately 5,000 people attended the three performances of Tempelhof Broadcast. Die Welt am Sonntag reported:
The result . . . was impressive. A loosely knit texture of sound, oscillating between classic and modern music, noise and avant-garde. The audience which happened to be caught in the performance by accident was compelled; throughout the whole piece groups of listeners strolled back and forth between the individual ensembles. They paused, kept a respectful distance, or came closer, drawn by their curiosity . . . Finally, all kinds of people mingled together, with dogs or ice-cream cones, with rollerblades and skateboards, moving among the musicians. This was when Lisa Bielawa had reached her goal. "I want to close the gap between the orchestra and the audience," says the San Francisco-born musician. "No one needs to dress up for Tempelhof Broadcast. Instead, people can continue to barbecue their sausages."