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Video Variations

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Host Russell Connor introduces these works by video artists, set to music performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra:

Tsai Wen-Ying: A piece exploring pattern and color saturation. Music: The first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony no. 55, "The Schoolmaster," conducted by William Steinberg.

Constantine Manos: Includes still portrait photographs of individuals in what appears to be a European agricultural community. Music: Arnold Schoenberg, sections of Five Pieces for the Orchestra, op. 16; conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Stan Vanderbeek: Using a videosynthesizer, Vanderbeek layers images of interpretive dancers. Music: Maurice Ravel, music from "Daphnis and Chloe," conducted by Claudio Abbado.

Douglas David: This is a work about numbers. Children are pictured painting numbers in the WGBH parking lot ; adults perform equations on blackboards, and numbers on street signs are shown. The effect is a steady stream of numbers. Music: Johann Christian Bach, second and third movements of Symphony for Double Orchestra.

Jackie Cassen: In this work dazzling colors break away to reveal children, American flags, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and anticommunist political banners. Music: third movement to Symphony #3, op. 55, "Eroica."

Russell Connor: This work features a topless dancing girl, bright colors, and sheet music. Richard Wagner, Siegfried's Rhine Journey from Act II of "Die Gotterdammerung."

James Seawright: Dancers bathed in color and light seem to swim across the space. The piece was created with Mimi Garrad. Music: Arnold Schoenberg, two pieces of Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 16.

Nam June Paik: This piece features rays of light, the shape of the monitor, faces, a bust of Beethoven, shaking and twittering, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and finally, a toy piano that burns and collapses at the completion of the work. This last piece is also known as "Electronic Opera No. 2." Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 4 in G, op. 58.

Some of the featured artists were in residence at M.I.T.'s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Produced and directed by Fred Barzyk.
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Boston Symphony Orchestra, Video art, Music
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