The Washington Post-- "The images
magnified the music" at Westwater's sold out
concert with the National Symphony.
Los Angeles Times-- "the
photography was spectacular."
The Pittsburgh Press--
Westwater's performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony was
and loving... touching and lyrical..."
a "brilliant photographic
Robert Birman, Executive
Director, Santa Barbara Symphony-- "The Santa Barbara Symphony
concerts featuring the photochoreography of James Westwater rank
as our second best ticket draw
of all time (the first was Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony). For our concerts with Westwater, we
sold $23,000 worth of tickets at out theatre box office from walk-up
patrons alone. Our audiences are unanimous
in their appreciation of his exquisite
art and stunning
choreography to the music. In past seasons,
the Symphony has performed programs that featured 'orchestra and
film,' 'orchestra and dance' and 'orchestra and visual images.'
My most pleasant surprise with Westwater's photochoreography was
that no one has expressed the typical concern that the visual
stimulus detracted from the music (as was the case in several
of our prior attempts). By all accounts, our concerts with James
Westwater were a huge success!
Westwater is a pleasant person to work with and provided the Symphony
with very helpful materials in advance of our concerts. We look
forward to having him return with more of his productions soon."
Akron Beacon Journal--
Westwater's piece was "the
most distinguished portion" of the Cleveland Orchestra program.
"Absolutely breathtaking... Westwater is obviously a master with the camera, and his scenes
are perfectly mirrored by" the composer's "rugged and
proudly lyrical music."
Steven Ovitsky, V. P.
& Exec. Dir., Milwaukee Symphony-- "Bravo for Vanishing
Forest! [Westwater's] intensely
rich photographs of the rainforest combined
with Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending made a sight and sound
experience of the deepest beauty...
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra received raves
for our 'Song of the Rainforest' concerts,
and the world premiere of Vanishing Forest was the
highlight for most of the audience.
"We are often told that we live in a visual society and that
symphony orchestras need to add visual elements to concerts. When
the visuals are as artfully created
and sensitively set to the music as [Westwater's] are there will
always be a place for them at MSO concerts."
Pepe Romero-- "I
was deeply moved
by the performance of James Westwater. It uplifted my spirit.
I felt surrounded by beauty on a level that surpassed
the senses, becoming a truly
spiritual experience. I felt loved by
God and Nature and in complete communion with both. "I wish
and hope that his work can be experienced by multitudes of people,
for it is through dedicated artists such as James Westwater that
the earth can become a better place to live."
San Antonio Light-- The
composer's "musical imagery
was made even more eloquent through the stunning color photography
of James Westwater."
The Post-Courier, Charleston,
SC-- "But surely the highlight of an otherwise superlative
program was a three-screen, multiple projection spectacle
of imaginative visualization by... James
Westwater... He illuminated and
the composer's piece "in ways that were both charming and
uncanny, and utterly right.
To say that this" Charleston Symphony "performance of"
the score "was fully, perhaps even definitively, worthy of
Westwater's photography is one of the highest forms of praise
for an often heart-melting multimedia
The Birmingham News--
The Tulsa World-- Westwater's
"work displayed an artist's
and a poet's
Robert Alan Reed, Executive
Director, Tulsa Philharmonic-- "One of the highlights of
the... season will surely be the performance that featured the
photochoreography of James Westwater. Not only did it bring the
largest audiences to the masterworks
series, it gave our audience members
a fresh perspective on
some of the most popular orchestral literature. The evening was
every bit a 'satisfying concert experience.' It is great working
with [Westwater]. I am sure our paths with cross many times in
The Sacramento Bee--
and sounds." The composer's "music, Westwater's photos
blended to perfection...
The pictures Westwater was inspired to make and put together for
the music worked in perfect accord
with it. That's why he richly deserves
his bows; his sensitivity and
at the heart of the success of the evening..."
The Cincinnati Enquirer--
In concert with Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops, Westwater's
photochoreography was "a gorgeous
wide-angle mirror of America...
Uri Barnea, Music Director,
Billings Symphony & Chorale-- "Once again you have proven
that sight and sound, when created and combined in a meaningful
way, can make a tremendous impact
on the listener. The choice of subject in your photos, the colors,
lights and shades, the humor, the pain, and the music you have
selected to accompany it--all have contributed to one of our most
successful and best attended concerts."
The Billings Gazette--
awe inspiring... Westwater creates what
he calls 'music for the eyes,' combining sublime
images with the music in ways that are... always arresting...
The pictures are about the music and the music enriches the pictures;
neither is an afterthought to the other."
Marcel Marceau-- "beautiful!"
The Charlotte Observer--
"The merging of sound
and image was exquisite."
News & Record-- "symphony
melds music, art ... The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra's
outstanding playing coupled with the photographs of James Westwater
are a match made in heaven."
Peter Nero-- Westwater's
photochoreography is "a
work for our time."
Cleveland Plain Dealer--
His photochoreography with the Cleveland Orchestra was
... performed "with technical
Gideon Toeplitz, V. P. & Mgn.
Dir., Pittsburgh Symphony-- "spectacular
to behold... This creative interplay
of sight and sound was instrumental in drawing
an entirely new audience to our hall."
The photochoreography of James Westwater was "the
highlight ... by all accounts"
of the Milwaukee Symphony classical series.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel--
Daniel Hege, Music
Director, Syracuse Symphony-- The music of Aaron Copland,
the photography of James Westwater... "there's
no better integration of images and sound."
"Copland and Westwater are a perfect
match. One cannot hear Copland's
music without sensing its innate American qualities. It evokes
images of the land in all its power and beauty. Westwater
just went the next step, actually realizing an appropriate
visual dimension. ... [In the series
of three All-Copland subscription concerts] The Columbus Symphony
and James Westwater have forged a comprehensive--and
in American music history."
Music Director, Orlando Philharmonic, Akron Symphony and San
Antonio Symphony (emeritus)-- "I have known James Westwater's
photochoreographic work for several years. I am always thrilled
to experience it on repeated occasions, and invariably surprised
by its impact all over again. Jim's work far
surpasses anything else of its
kind I have encountered, partly because of his impeccable
devotion to all aesthetic concerns,
partly because of his innate
sense of music and musicality, and
mostly because his work communicates
with the same awareness of spirituality and inner life which
is the essence of great music."
Raymond Leppard, Conductor
Laureate, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra-- "Bravo!"
Westwater's work is "very beautiful... wonderful."
His images, set to three Haydn symphonies, in six performances
with the ISO, were "quite extraordinary...
"I was greatly impressed, not only with the beautiful
photography, but with the extremely
musical approach to the visual
realization of the score."
Grand Rapids Press--
"A visual and aural experience of marvelous
beauty ... pure art for the
eye and ear... Westwater describes
himself as a photochoreographer. The appellation is deserved.
Like a dancer, his pictures
enhance the composer's music,
adding insights without placing limitations on the musical
Artistic Director, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra-- "James
Westwater's photochoreography is extraordinarily
beautiful, inspiring and
inspired; [it] deepens
one's experience of music and
it's emotional impact;
[it] is a visual enhancement that has been artfully created
with great integrity and respect
for the classical piece[s] with
which it collaborates. James Westwater is a consummate professional
lovingly dedicated to his craft; [he] is a harmonious partner
in executing the myriad of production details due to his commitment
to excellence and clarity of purpose. ... "The experience
we just had at the LBSO with James Westwater was one of joy
and upliftment. It was a week to remember as 21,000
greater Long Beach residents experienced his exquisite work
together with our orchestra."
Chair of the Baltimore
Symphony Education Committee-- "This
was the best educational concert we have ever done."
Mary Wayne Fritzsche,
Director of Education & Outreach, Milwaukee Symphony--
"I wanted to let you know... how pleased we were to have
the privilege of premiering your magnificent
Vanishing Forest in this
important and, for us, landmark
community collaboration [our "Song
of the Rainforest" concerts]. For me, a key opportunity
and objective of our Rainforest concert was to demonstrate
how powerful a catalyst orchestral music can be in awakening
public consciousness, sensitivity, and compassion toward nature.
Both awe-inspiring and
reflective, your photochoreography
struck precisely the chord
we sought. ... Beyond being an arresting
and fascinating counterpart
to the Vaughan Williams, your lush rainforest images did so
much to enhance audiences' frame of reference for absorbing
the other rainforest-inspired works on the program. It was
heartening to discover that we could produce a concert program
so topically and musically contemporary, as well as so thoroughly
accessible and engaging to
the community... "
George Zack, Music
Director, Lexington Philharmonic-- "James Westwater's
essays prove, once again, that while music delights the ear,
the imagination of the mind can and should move in quite different
and enriching directions. The photo images accompanying these
two masterpieces were hauntingly
beautiful and moving,
each enhancing the
musical effects through the use of color, composition, natural
beauty, and expansion of our vision to places we now want
to visit and conserve. The experience for the audience is
the technical prowess of its creator prodigious,
and the combined effect unforgettable."
Grand Rapids Press--
"'Eyes' have it in gem from symphony... If music is an
art form that can be described, in part, as the development
of an idea through time, then Westwater's work qualifies as
music for the eyes."
Holly Turner, Executive
Director, Wyoming Symphony-- "Great concert! Terrific
response ... excellent audience
development!" ... We had a
"very new audience ... a lot younger." Westwater
was "very organized ... very helpful in all aspects."
I "especially liked all the support materials for marketing;
ads, tapes, videos." Westwater was "very positive
and upbeat ... very helpful with the media. We
received more media attention
for this concert than any other we've
Kalamazoo Gazette-- "stunning... glorious"
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Murry Sidlin-- "magnificently
creative and the best
artistic achievement of its kind I have
ever personally witnessed... superb...
an unqualified success and a profoundly
moving experience for everyone."
Arizona Daily Star--
Westwater joins images and music
sensitivity and verve."
The Bulletin, Bend, OR--
"a capacity crowd"
witnessed "James Westwater's engaging,
in performance with the Bend Festival Orchestra. ... The concert
was a "masterpiece...
a perfect performance."
The Nashville Banner--
"Westwater is surely a poet who uses his camera for a pen..."
His work "filled the eye and
the soul with joy..."
The Tennessean-- "stunning...
Barry Auman, Executive
Director, Reno Philharmonic-- "The concert quickly
sold out with ...
a waiting list which grew to six-pages long.
The audience reaction has been very positive. We found you to
be one of the most congenial guest artists to visit and perform
with the orchestra. You certainly are thorough and things seem
to go smoothly because of your experience in producing these programs."
The Post-Standard, Syracuse--"With
the stage lights dimmed, a trio of screens was lowered. Pictures...
faded into and out of view... at
all times, the visual reflected the score and honored the rhythmic
pulse ... Don't be mistaken ... this
was not a travelogue with music. It was a thorough
re-creation of the score by an artist who grasps"
as firmly as did the conductor. "The
concept of photochoreography is very
exciting ..." especially "photochoreography
from the magnificent vision of
Edward Polochick, Dir.,
Baltimore Symphony Chorus, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Peabody
Conservatory Orchestra & Chorus-- "phenomenal!"
Fran Goldman, Executive
Director, Jackson Symphony-- "The photography was absolutely
spectacular and the way it blended
with the music was artistic, sensitive and powerful. ... I believe
that this particular program... may have gone a long way toward
making classical music more relevant
and accessible to our audience."
Barry Horn, Executive
Director, Valley Symphony Orchestra, McAllen TX-- At Westwater's
concert with the orchestra "I noticed probably a 60%
increase in faces 30-55 years of age.
A number of audience members remarked that they did not
know a symphony concert could be so enjoyable."
The Buffalo News-- "Fine
Finale: photos add zest to multi-media concert -- It wasn't only
the sell-out house
that stamped 'Success' on this final concert in the new Sight,
Sound & Symphony series" of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
"It was the attitude of the huge
crowd in the afterglow of this multimedia
concert, which ended with" the composer's piece, "adorned
with spectacularly beautiful color
photo projections of scenes from rural life on three huge screens
suspended above the orchestra... Departees quietly commented about
the 'restful satisfaction,' 'beauty of sight and sound' and the
'way the music and photographs
complemented each other.' Amen to all
the above! Westwater's photographs were beautifully
composed, captured the colors of the
countryside with a glowing richness and were projected onto three
screens with a remarkably uniform, sharp focus that I've never
seen surpassed. His variety of means for changing the projections
were exceptionally smooth and subtle."
Bakersfield-- Westwater "understands" the composer's
"constructions very well: his" images "follow the
same paths between main thematic ideas and transitional material
to tell his own story. Fortunately, Westwater never commits the
unforgivable -- reducing" the composer's "score to mere
background music. Instead, a kind of synergy
is created with juxtaposition of"
images "and music often with profound
Maine Sunday Telegram--
"a spectacle in sound and
light..." a "sensual
feast ... sumptuous...
not to be missed...
the audience clearly loved it."
School Teacher in Portland,
Maine-- "Wow! The power
of music and photography! We left the concert hall as
changed people, enriched! It was a life changing experience.
Thank you, thank you! Aaron Copland, Agnes DeMille
and Martha Graham are smiling and pleased. Every second
we had wonderful instruments to listen to and beautiful photos
to see. What an aesthetic experience!
We hope the PSO and James Westwater will team up again in