On May 5, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop and music students from New York City’s Mannes College of The New School will present “The Future of Orchestral Garments,” the final project of a yearlong orchestra-fashion project with students from Parsons The New School of Design. The concert at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center in New York will showcase new and vintage garments that aim to “create performance wear that is sustainable and responsive to the way musicians move and play.” During the 2012-13 academic year, students in Parsons’ School of Art, Media and Technology created designs incorporating technology, with the garments and performance space serving as a “canvas for motion and sound-activated digital projections.” Mannes student musicians will wear the garments during the concert, which will include William Bolcom’s The Serpent’s Kiss for solo piano; When Music Is Missing, Music Sings by Stuart Saunders Smith, for found instruments; and Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Quintet.

Posted May 3, 2013