Minnesota Orchestra performs Westwater's piece, A Love for the
Land, set to Appalachian Spring. The triptych of photos at the top of this page is from Westwater's piece, Yellowstone.
Westwater Arts currently offers 15 photo-
choreography pieces set to the music of Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Dvorák, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Smetana, Fauré, Copland, Elgar, Diamond, Glass, Pachelbel, Grofé, Górecki, Mahler and Sibelius. We are continually producing new pieces. more >
"the images magnified
the music" at Westwater's
sold out concert with the National Symphony
LA Times "the photography
Cleveland Plain Dealer "splendid... breathtakingly beautiful"
The Charlotte Observer "The merging
of sound and image was exquisite."
School Teacher, Portland, ME "Wow! The power of music and photography! We left the concert hall as changed people, enriched! ...
It was a life changing experience."more >
How Photochoreography Works
As your musicians perform, we precisely cue elegant visual transitions that
fill an immense 440-square-foot, three-panel, panoramic screen with single, double and triple image combinations that often form stunning panoramas.
The performance fee normally includes all digital projection equipment and screens as well
as Westwater Arts supervision of the setup and takedown. Symphonic photochoreography
is performed in all kinds of venues including concert halls, auditoriums and outdoors.
Photochoreography engagements include the principal orchestras of Cleveland, Toronto, Pittsburgh,
Seattle, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Dallas, Vancouver, Baltimore, Milwaukee,
Detroit, Saint Paul, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Houston, Portland,
Denver, Saint Louis, Columbus, Rochester, Buffalo, Salt Lake City, Singapore and Scotland, plus over 150 more >
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Hands-On Community Engagement
Westwater Arts offers two readily fundable programs—Kids, Cameras & Classics™ and Community, Cameras & Classics™—that directly connect orchestras with their communities. Through these programs your orchestra can attract additional sponsors and community partners, expand your educational outreach efforts, and
new friends in your community.
Over 50 orchestras have already used symphonic photochoreography
to put their communities at center stage.
Dr. James Westwater is the pioneer
of photochoreography. During his extensive career, Westwater has performed with over 160 orchestras across North America and abroad and received over 50 commissions from orchestras and sponsors. His creative work has taken him from the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi and the rainforests of Central America, to the expansive solitude of Antarctica and
the warm simplicity of Amish country.
Nicholas Bardonnay is a photographer
and multimedia artist. He joined James Westwater as a full-time collaborator in 2010. So far, Nicholas has contributed to several new photochoreography productions and has worked on more than twenty concert performances. Two recent commissions have taken James and Nicholas to the Grand Canyon region and the Czech Republic.more >