Hello! James Alexander, stage director for the June Stokowski Celebration concerts here!
In this latest blog in our series I want to show you how I’m aiming to complement Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s re-telling of Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Sheherazade.
As for the eye-catching bespoke imagery being created for this concert, like the composer himself, I am eschewing a definitive narrative. Rather, I’m endeavoring to offer images which accompany this dazzling and colorful score and offer you a visual thematic fantasy.
I’m not making a film which recounts the stories associated with each of the four movements of the work, or attempting to spin a slavish narrative from the stories of The Arabian Nights. After all, who would dare try to match the brave Sheherazade’s epic story-telling skills? All I want to do is use our cutting-edge visual technology to swathe you in some magically exotic imagery that captures the essences of these ancient stories.