Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Bradley University and the Philadelphia Orchestra: Experiential Learning and Audience Engagement through Theatre Art and Orchestral Production

Time 10/09/07 08:45AM-10:00AM

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Session Abstract

During March 2007, an extraordinary creative event took place that encompassed the work of three universities, four outstanding artist/administrators, over 100 student collaborators from seven academic departments, over 2,000 attendees, a Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist, and an unprecedented array of the most sophisticated rendering and communication technology ever assembled for a college theatre production. For this event, students, faculty, and staff from the Department of Theatre Arts and the Multimedia Program at Bradley University (USA) collaborated with cohorts over a thousand miles away at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and the University of Central Florida (USA) to develop and present a fully meditated production of Elmer Rice's expressionistic play "The Adding Machine" that integrated virtual scenery, DVTS broadcast video via Internet2, recorded video, avatar performers, photographs, graphics and sound (http://addingmachine.bradley.edu/). While a technological and artistic success, this production was also a significant interdisciplinary learning experience that transcended and exceeded national boundaries and academic disciplines. The convergence of interdisciplinary learning, collaborative problem solving, and creative production with multimedia and streaming video technologies created a dynamic experiential learning paradigm that opened students minds to new possibilities. This session will address many facets of this collaboration from the pedagogical and administrative to the artistic, dramaturgical, and the technical.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra, the first professional orchestra to join Internet2, will transmit a series of live concerts, via MAGPI and Internet2 to educational and cultural institutions both in the U.S. and abroad starting in the 2007-2008 academic year. These concerts will be enhanced with both live and pre-recorded content during pre-concert, intermission, and post-concert periods.

This presentation will discuss the technical challenges and solutions encountered with multi-national, multicast transmissions, with a particular focus on the visual and audio experience at the remote sites. Of additional interest will be the discussion of on-campus infrastructures, E2E performance issues, technical matters involving stage production aspects, streaming technologies and lessons learned during the 2006-2007 pilot multicast series.

The Philadelphia Orchestra staff will also share the educational significance surrounding such a concert series, describing ?How to make Classical Music Content Compelling using Electronic Media? and the results of a ?Feasibility Study of Internet2 Digital Broadcasts.?

Speakers

Speaker Tish Hurley The Philadephia Orchestra

Speaker Ed Cambron The Philadephia Orchestra

Speaker Greg Palmer MAGPI GigaPoP, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Nial Johnson Bradley University

Speaker George Brown Bradley University

Speaker James Ferolo Bradley University

Speaker Cory Rabe Bradley University

Speaker Michael Whitlow Bradley University

Speaker Greg Landry The Philadephia Orchestra

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail The Philadelphia Orchestra (ppt)

Speaker Ed Cambron The Philadephia Orchestra

Speaker Tish Hurley The Philadephia Orchestra

Speaker Greg Landry The Philadephia Orchestra

Speaker Greg Palmer MAGPI GigaPoP, University of Pennsylvania

media item thumbnail Convergence, Collaboration, & Connectivity: The Adding Machine (ppt)

Speaker George Brown Bradley University

Speaker James Ferolo Bradley University

Speaker Nial Johnson Bradley University

Speaker Cory Rabe Bradley University

Speaker Michael Whitlow Bradley University

Secondary tracks Advancing Applications: What's Working? What's Not? What's Needed?

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