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At the May 9 meeting...
Orchestra Pit and Sound System Design for the Boston Ballet Company's Home

A joint meeting with the Boston Audio Engineering Society and the Boston Audio Society at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts

We had a great opportunity to experience a performance by the Boston Ballet at the Wang Center. We were offered dinner and a show for a discounted price and got Group Tickets to a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Before the performance there was a short presentation by Jonathon McPhee the music director for the Boston Ballet and John Allen the resident sound designer for the Ballet. They also led a quick backstage tour after the performace.

This presentation was Act II of their presentation at the Wallace Clement Sabine Symposium in 1994. Their original paper discussed orchestra pit design and the sound reinforcement system utilized for Ballet performances. Although technology has advanced significantly since then, what the audience expects to hear from the pit orchestra has not changed.

Using a combination of natural non-amplified sound and sound reinforcement, the presenters have worked together to create a pleasing listening environment throughout the hall.

Dinner was excellent too!

Posted: 17 May 2003
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
blamm@cync.com