Musical Director of Ku-ring-gai Youth Orchestra Neil Thompson is part of a stellar line up at Music in the Sky. – a trinity experience of music, light and space to be held at The Roundhouse on May 29 and 30. We spoke to North Sydney local Keith Hong, the creator of the visually immersive event, about what inspired the concept.
Keith created the Run Nation film festival in 2015 and curated it for five years. The film festival screened at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne, delighting and inspiring thousands of runners of varying abilities from all walks of life.
When COVID hit, Keith became unemployed when his role as a Major Events organiser ceased. During this quiet, contemplative time, Keith found solace in the music of Luke Howard and other modern classical composers. Beginning piano lessons for the first time, he dived into the calm, meditative qualities of neoclassical music and surfaced with his new project, Music in the Sky – an event to be held at The Roundhouse Sydney on May 29 and 30.
The concept integrates live music, light, visuals and space into a theatrical experience, in a way that has never been done before. The circular interior of the Roundhouse will lend its surfaces for motion graphics and digital projections. A mosaic of abstract visual imagery, also words and more real world forms are presented behind, above and surrounding the musicians to to near 180 degrees of the field of vision. These are some snippets revealed by Keith and Adam Howe, a former project director of VIVID, on how they intend to create an immersive audience experience inside the Roundhouse through a dialogue between music, light and space.
“To evoke this journey, Luke Howard, Neil & Catherine Thompson (from The Nano Symphony) and I put our hearts and minds together to select the music from the classical and neoclassical oeuvre that would weave together into an intimate conversation,” said Keith.
Classically-trained pianist Luke Howard and The Nano Symphony perform as a six-piece ensemble in the 75-minute shows, with two sessions each evening on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2021.
Reflecting on his earlier project, Keith said “We wanted the Run Nation Film Festival to bring people together to be inspired, motivated and play a small part in them continuing to do great things.”
Keith continues to use his own passion to bring out the best in people, and Music in the Sky has been created to share another epiphany. Says Keith “With the uncertainties we are going through, Music in the Sky is an invitation to disengage from the chaos, and come slow down with us.”