SUMMIT, NJ - Discovery Orchestra's one-hour television program 'Discover The Firebird' -- featuring Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite -- will enjoy its world broadcast premiere on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. on New Jersey public television’s NJTV. Distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT), the program will then air on public television stations across the U.S. beginning in May, including scheduled broadcasts on WLIW (New York), KCET (Los Angeles) and WHUT (Washington, D.C.).
Led by Founder and Artistic Director George Marriner Maull, the Emmy-nominated nonprofit introduces classical music through entertaining and informative interactive performances, or 'Discovery Concerts'.
'Discover The Firebird' is the fifth in a line of educational concert programs from the New Jersey-based Orchestra, which include the award-winning 'Bach to the Future', 'Discover Beethoven’s 5th', 'Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons' and the eight-part series 'Fall in Love with Music' -- and transports audiences into the mystical world of another iconic masterpiece. Composed by Stravinsky in 1910 and based on Russian folklore, the Firebird ballet is the story of Prince Ivan and his battle, with the help of the Firebird, against the evil king Kastchei.
Recorded in front of a live audience in Morristown last fall, 'Discover The Firebird' brings viewers a symphony orchestra performance accompanied by an interactive exploration of the composition, with Maestro Maull leading the audience through an engaging and sometimes humorous musical experience. Home viewers are encouraged to follow along with a listening guide appearing at the bottom of their television screens.
“With all the societal ‘noise’ pulling Americans in so many directions, viewers yearn for moments of complete presence,” said Maull, who aims to not only help audiences develop a deeper appreciation for classical music, but to develop new active listening and perception skills for both the music and the world around them. “'Discover The Firebird' is a continuation of our decades-long quest to get audiences to listen, consciously, to music and ground themselves in the now.”
The program concludes with Maestro Maull directing the 85-member orchestra through a second complete performance of The Infernal Dance movement from The Firebird — with the audience now in possession of a new understanding of the music — along with the gentle Lullaby suite and moving Finale of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
Discover The Firebird is written, hosted and conducted by Maestro Maull. Other credits include Virginia Johnston as executive producer; Midnight Media Group, Inc., as producer and Walter Schoenknecht as director. Viewers can download copies of the listening guide for the concert at www.discoveryorchestra.org/firebird.
The Discovery Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) music education organization based in Summit that teaches the attentive listening skills that help people of all backgrounds better comprehend, experience and emotionally connect with classical music.