New York (July 22, 2005)–For its June 29 Bryant Park concert, The New York Pops collaborated with official sponsor Electro-Voice to create a listening experience for 10,000 when the Pops performed a free outdoor concert of great American and international orchestral music in Midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park.
Reproducing the sound of 77 musicians in a large outdoor space such as Bryant Park represented a formidable challenge, but one that the Pops’ music director Skitch Henderson felt had been answered. “After all my years of surviving third-rate public address systems, this was the first time I ever listened to a speaker that brought the true sounds of the orchestra to the audience,” said Henderson. “It was the first time it was real.”
The main components of sound reproduction for the Bryant Park concert included an EV XLCTM compact line-array loudspeaker system and a Midas Heritage 3000 mixing console, run by audio engineer Dan Gerhard. “The XLC is a flexible, medium sized line-array box that has already proven itself as a highly effective solution in concert hall settings, with high phase coherency and a transparent high end,” he said. “The XLC is also very useful in providing easier set-up than many similar systems.”
The concert, entitled “America the Beautiful: Celebrating the 4th!” featured the favorite American anthems “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” as well as gems from the American songbook by Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and George M. Cohan. This concert was part of Summermusic, The New York Pops’ free concert series in New York City parks, now in its 10th year.
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