POPS ON THE HEIGHTS 2016
In 2015 Materials & Methods was engaged by Rafanelli Events to design the concept and content for a projected stage surround for Boston College’s Pops on the Heights, an annual fundraiser dinner and performance by the Boston Pops (Symphony Orchestra) that raises funds for student scholarship. In 2016 Rafanelli asked us to return to produce and execute another exciting gala.
The story was unveiled slowly throughout the evening's performance, starting with a scene of the stunning stained glass of Irish Hall while the Pops performed Singing in the Rain, the projected scenery then lead into the center rotunda where a magnificent stature of the angel resides.
The scene faded up from black onto the delicate ripples and folds of the marble statue, appearing as though they were hills in a desert landscape, as the Pops performed the theme song to Star wars.
One of the most successful aspects of the content was the integration of IMAG (live image magnification) into the scenes and animated content. The Pops orchestra, the Boston Chorale, the student performers and the guest vocalists were all captured with live camera and this streaming footage was seamlessly integrated into the surround content.
The concept for 2016’s performance was "Light the World" and Materials & Methods chose to represent this concept by focusing on the architectural gem of the campus, Gasson Tower, and the stunning angel statue that resides at its center. Gasson Hall is the most significant building on the BC campus, filled with classic stained glass, marble and architectural detail.
Kristin Chenoweth was the selected lead vocalist for the 2016 concert event. When she entered stage after the intermission, the scene began with sparkling architecture and dazzling celestial animation that traveled throughout the interior of the rotunda, culminating at the end of the show by the visuals revealing the location inside Gasson Tower and framing the BC campus from aerial perspective with fireworks breaking throughout the sky.