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Guggenheim Museum sticks with production glue for “Dark Sounds” Concert Series


This summer, the Guggenheim Museum launched “Dark Sounds”, a series of live music performances to accompany their latest exhibition, “Haunted.”

The Guggenheim team of Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant; Bronwyn Keenan, Director of Special Events; and Hilary Giffin, Associate Manager of Special Events, brought in production glue to oversee the lighting, sound, band management, and all things technical for shows on July 15 and August 5.

At the series’ first concert, Beirut, guests packed in to hear “modernized Balkan gypsy folk.”  The band performed on an elliptical stage and stage plug within the Rotunda fountain.  production glue, led by Jack Hilley, used a combination of conventional theatrical fixtures and LED pars to create a multi-hued wall that saturated the Guggenheim in color.

production glue also accommodated acoustics between the venue and the band’s eclectic instruments.  The audio consisted of a compact line array PA for the main floor, and additional delay speakers for the audience on three ramps above in the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

On Thursday, August 5, guests attended Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller’s Sonic Arboretum, an audiovisual experience of “audio sculptures.”  The two Chicagoans and their instruments, including a horn array made from shellacking newsprint and dryer lint, drew over a thousand listeners.  production glue provided the console, EQ, amplification, and digital effects processing for the custom speaker horns provided by Schneller’s Specimen Products.

Jack Hilley and lighting designer Gina Scherr collaborated on versatile lighting, usable for both productions, and most cost-effective for the client.  Their “stock concert plot” used gels and LED programming for two different, customized show looks.

“Haunted” explores themes of the past, the uncanny, and the melancholy.  On the bright side, two hours before “Dark Sounds” performances started, concertgoers could privately view museum exhibitions.

production glue proudly supports the Guggenheim’s work and thanks Bronwyn, Hilary, Sam, and staff for inviting us to participate in this series.

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