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Silent Spring Project

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Trillium Ensemble premiered The Silent Spring Project as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art concert series. Our most ambitious performance is an immersive musical experience, surrounding the audience with sound, light, music and storytelling. Inspired by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson, The Silent Spring Project explores our ideas of environmentalism, sustainability and humanity’s role in the natural world.

Composer Mark S. Fromm, wrote all of the music for this show, weaving together five of his pieces to create a larger work: A Citizen of the 21st Century Looks Back, Sonata Deus Ex Machina, Borealis, e to the x, and our commission, Silent Spring. Our creative team who helped us bring this unique musical soundscape to life, included sound engineers Don Maue and Jason Allison, lighting designer Antonio Colaruotolo and set designer Lisa Leibering.

Elements to The Silent Spring Project that go beyond a traditional chamber concert include our movement around the stage, speaking text from Carson and Fuller and mixing our live musical performance with our prerecorded performance. This recorded music comes from our album, Silent Spring, which we released on April 14, 2016. Our set designer, Lisa, incorporated Fuller’s geodesic domes and Antonio brought everything into focus through his lighting design. Another new highlight was Elise’s use of bass and contra flutes!

Dr. Patricia DeMarco led our Q&A talkback after the show. Dr. DeMarco is a Senior Scholar at Chatham University, and was greatly influenced by the work of Rachel Carson. One of Dr. DeMarco most recent accomplishments includes being the Executive Producer of The Power of One Voice, a film about Rachel Carson.

Click here for a review of our premier.

Earlier Event: February 19
Musicale - Mark Fromm Chamber Works
Later Event: May 28
Pittsburgh Festival of New Music