About this project
"We knew the world would not be the same"
With these words Robert Oppenheimer described the Trinity experiment - the very first detonation of a nuclear device exactly 70 years ago. To commemorate this important event in world history, and draw attention to the ever present nuclear threat, BOHO Players will present the Trinity Project - a unique program built around Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings. Join BOHO Players with a financial contribution today and get to know us personally at our inaugural concert on August 27th, 2015.
What do we want to do?
For the Trinity Project, BOHO Players and artistic director David Ramael join forces with singers Sarah Laulan and Diana Gouglina. Video artist Nico Neefs will help us create a unique and arresting project around Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. The Trinity Project will immerse you in sound and image, creating a live interaction between two art forms.
This project is the culmination of a weeklong residency at the renowned Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where BOHO Players will create its own vision of the classical concert experience.
Date: 27 August 2015
Duration: 70 minutes
Location: Studio Haas Teichen – Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Who are we?
BOHO Players: 13 string players, one conductor – we are an eclectic group of highly talented international musicians. We are trailblazers in building a more inclusive, compassionate and understanding society through music. BOHO Players believe that musical partnerships across disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries will make a difference for the better. We partner with composers, instrumentalists and vocalists from both Western and non-Western traditions. We re-envision works from the Western canon by infusing them with exciting new perspectives. Each of our concerts is built around a specific theme, and at our concerts we invite our listeners to become active participants through a personal and meaningful dialogue － before, during and after the performance.
Why do we need your help?
To realize our artistic vision we launch with a weeklong residency at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. This residency will culminate in our first concert: the Trinity Project. We need to raise €4,500 to enable us to offset some of the costs involved with this project. BOHO Players has already committed €14,000 of the €18,500 needed to pay for lodging, meals, transportation and artistic expenses. Your financial contribution will help us in realizing our artistic goals of combining live video art with classical music.
About the Trinity Project
On July 16th, 1945, the United States exploded the first ever atom bomb and thus ushered in the nuclear era. This was followed shortly after with the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing untold devastation and the start of the Cold War nuclear arms race.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist in charge of the Manhattan Project, code-named the very first atomic weapon detonation “Trinity”, after the poem by early 17th century poet and cleric John Donne. Coincidentally the U.S. Army was using the same frequency as the nearby Voice of America radio station. During the countdown for the detonation, the radio broadcast encroached on the countdown, and this with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
Singers Sarah Laulan and Diana Gouglina will frame each movement of the Serenade with arias by Ravel, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Piazzolla and Mahler. These songs will offer a window into the fear, helplessness and resignation felt by ordinary people towards this nuclear Damocles’ sword. Video artist Nico Neefs will create a memorable live accompaniment to the music.
About BOHO Players
We started this ambitious project almost a year ago. Since then we have assembled a group of extremely talented and eager musicians through several days of auditions. We have presented the mission and the goals of BOHO Players to leaders in the artistic, business and political world. Each time we continued building on the positive responses. This led to invitations for our own, non-traditional concert formats to be presented at BOZAR (19 September 2015), Flagey (12 December 2015) and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Februari 2016). In addition, we will be ensemble in residence at MuHKA. We are very close to securing a number of major sponsorship deals and have excellent prospects for subsidies.
So please join us with a financial contribution. Your investment in BOHO Players will allow us to keep building on our initial momentum. Immerse yourself in the creative world of BOHO Players and become part of this unique journey!
Risks and challenges
If we fail to meet the target we will be short of funds and it will put a significant financial burden on realizing our artistic vision, but we will still present the Trinity Project on August 27th, 2015. We are confident that there are enough people who share in our desire and vision to make this residency and inaugural concert a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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