Live Multi-Camera Production for First Annual President’s Concert
On Thursday April 26th, Brooklyn College will hold it’s First Annual President’s Concert in Whitman Hall Theatre. This concert will be hosted by Christoph M. Kimmich. The Concert, which will enlighten audience members, will feature outstanding performances by the Brass Ensemble, the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Choir, the Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theatre and the Baroque Ensemble, all of which will feature students and faculty from Brooklyn College’s Conservatory of Music.
1962 Alumni, Dominic Chianese, who is well known for his role as “Uncle Junior,” from the hit cable television series, The Sopranos, will be on hand to serve as master of ceremonies.
Also, undergraduate students from Professor Stuart Mclelland’s 27.1 class and graduate students from Professor Terence Dollard’s, multicamera-production class,will have the honor and privilege of showing off their professional skills as directors, camera operators and production assistants, using Globe Caster to produce a musical repertoire as if the concert will air live on television.
Brooklyn College Rises in the East
Professor Stuart MacLelland was invited to present a series of applied aesthetic and video production seminars at Beijing’s prestigious Communication University of China (CUC), and at CUC’s Nanguang College in Nanjing. Serving over 11,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, CUC is China’s central training academy for electronic media production. Students concentrate in a variety of disciplines including writing, directing, producing, presentation and music composition. “With China’s rapid emergence as a global political and economic force, media production takes on a greater significance,” said MacLelland, “the students are interested in everything from content development to production technique to the business of television.”
CUC President Liu Ji Nan invited MacLelland to Beijing and said, “We welcome the international perspective – it’s a very positive experience to expose our students to a New York professor and producer.”
In Beijing, MacLelland’s presentations included scriptwriting, the creative process, directing television drama, producing live events, advanced lighting and lens aesthetics. Most of the demonstrations were conducted in studio facilities with CUC students serving as talent and crew. A group of twenty graduate students from the School of Cinema and Television participated in the seminars. “Working with the same group of students over the two week period was particularly interesting to me,” said MacLelland, “we were able to socialize before and after class and it gave me a chance to learn about them on a more personal level. They are very bright and talented young people.”
After a week in Beijing, MacLelland was sent to Nanguang College in Nanjing for three more presentations. “Nanguang College is a brand new campus that was designed to accommodate students in southern China,” said Dean Liqun Liu, “we sent Professor MacLelland there so that our students would experience a unique educational opportunity.” At Nanguang College, MacLelland conducted one of his seminars on producing and directing musical performances. Students provided content for this demonstration by performing several compositions on traditional Chinese instruments. “This was truly a collaborative effort and a great cultural event,” said MacLelland.
The trip included attending several concerts and touring historical sites such as The Forbidden City and The Ming Tombs. “My colleagues at CUC are very gracious and generous hosts, “MacLelland said, adding, “I’m honored to work with some of the most important media producers and educators in China.”
This was MacLelland’s third visit to CUC since 1996. To learn more about the Communication University of China, visit www.cuc.edu.cn.