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Real-Time Concert with Musicians in the Caymans Is a First for WCU’s Criterions

This Saturday, Dec. 10, WCU's School of Music brings Caribbean flair to campus with a unique Holiday Exchange Concert. The Criterions jazz ensemble will share the spotlight across 1,465 miles in a Livestream concert with musicians from the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI), with which West Chester has an international education agreement. The free event, called "A Tale of Two Christmases," is the first concert to be co-performed by both institutions.

According to Marc Jacoby, WCU director of jazz studies in the School of Music, College of Arts and Humanities, "The idea grew out of a discussion with UCCI representatives when they visited our campus last March. We thought, 'What better way to share our two cultures than through music?'"

Jacoby will direct the Criterions in the 7 p.m. concert in Ware Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Meanwhile, colleagues in the Caymans will perform outdoors in a public plaza in Camana Bay. UCCI's Music Director Glen Inanga will direct the UCCI Pandemix steel pans and the UCCI Choir. One of the Cayman organizers with broadcast and production experience has scripted the performance so that ensembles from each location will alternate numbers. Each group will perform six songs.

"We're using the same technology that we use to stream all of our concerts, Livestream," Jacoby explains. "Each location broadcasts their video/audio and audiences will watch on video monitors. The total concert time is one hour."

This is the first example of a collaborative, real-time musical performance featuring WCU students, but School of Music concerts have been aired live online for several years. In fact, over the past 16 months, the WCU College of Arts and Humanities Livestreamed concerts have been viewed in more than 40 countries, accounting for 11,603 viewers watching 152,480 minutes of content.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming WCU concerts slated to be Livestreamed by the School of Music.