“Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin … is considered the first composer to write musical notation for both light and color,” writes Matthew Denis in Tuesday’s (4/16) Register-Guard (Eugene, OR). “The Eugene Symphony on Thursday evening presents two works by the composer.… The first, ‘Prometheus: The Poem of Fire,’ will incorporate music with rich tapestries of light that will illuminate Silva Hall. Eugene-based companies Harmonic Laboratory and Light at Play have partnered with the symphony to align Scriabin’s chromesthetic (hearing sound in colors) composition…. Jeremy Schropp [will] be playing the organ alongside the solo piano of acclaimed pianist Christopher Taylor during ‘Poem of Fire.’ Schropp’s touch-sensitive keyboard will control colors in the Radiance Orb, a plexiglass ball flashing colors in sync with notes … the product of Light at Play co-founders Yona Appletree and Wayne Skipper, evolved from their 2012 Burning Man idea and their 2013 Radiance Dome—a free-standing art installation… In addition … there is lighting beneath seats and panels surrounding the orchestra. [Music Director Francesco] Lecce-Chong is ending the show with Scriabin’s ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’ in normal lighting. ‘This will be sort of a perfect palate-cleanser after so much stimulation,’ [Harmonic Lab’s John] Park said.”

Posted April 18, 2019

In photo: Eugene Symphony Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong watches a tech rehearsal for “The Color of Sound,” a multimedia collaboration from the Eugene Symphony that will be performed at the Hult Center. Photo by Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard