The 2019 ESTA Plugfest is coming back
The 2019 ESTA Plugfest is coming back

ESTA Announces 2019 Plugfest Dates

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The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from July 19 to July 21, 2019 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, TX. This is the 17th version of this informal testing laboratory, and it is offered free of charge to both ESTA and non-ESTA members.

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West Side Story at Teatro Calderón in Madrid. Photo © Javier Naval
West Side Story at Teatro Calderón in Madrid. Photo © Javier Naval

Lighting Popular Musicals in Spain

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Madrid is currently hosting some of the most famous and musical shows from Broadway and other popular musicals, in which Ayrton Ghibli™ spot fixtures are delivering quality light and color while ensuring energy efficiency. French LED fixture manufacturer, Ayrton, has spent recent years launching products including the Ghibli, which has proved one of the fastest to be adopted as a ‘must-have’ fixture across the industry.

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John Mills
John Mills

EAW Names John Mills Senior Applications Engineer

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Eastern Acoustic Works has named John Mills senior applications engineer. A 25-year industry veteran, Mills has commissioned and tuned more than 100 houses of worship and other installations and has mixed front-of-house at virtually every major arena and stadium in the continental U.S. and Canada. He is well known for his front-of-house work with such stars as Chris Tomlin, Lincoln Brewster, Shane and Shane, and Paul Baloche, as well as serving as systems engineer for country music superstar Kenny Chesney.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: CO2 Confidence Collection Microphones

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Point Source Audio (PSA) recently announced the patent-pending CO2 Confidence Collection microphones. The new class of wireless microphones all have dual elements offering built-in redundancy—and showcase an appealing new slimline design. They integrate two of the company’s important first-to-market features in miniature microphones: IP 57 waterproof rating, and the “unbreakable” headset boom bendable to 360° to bolster durability. All this unlocks new conveniences and simplicity for broadcast, audio, and production techs as well as please the presenters and performers they serve. The CO2 Confidence Collection microphones are shipping February 4.

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One of the stages at Portland Center Stage
One of the stages at Portland Center Stage

Final Phase of Audio Install Complete at Portland Center Stage

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Alpha Sound of Salem, OR recently completed the last phase of installation at Portland Center Stage Theatre (PCS), making it the first in town to have an entirely Yamaha/NEXO-based audio system for both its main auditorium and building-wide paging system. The main auditorium boasts a NEXO M6 line array and LS18 subwoofer system with NEXO PS15R2 center speakers and a handful of NEXO ID24 multipurpose speakers.

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The interior of The Burdekin Theatre. Photo © 2019 James Fahey
The interior of The Burdekin Theatre. Photo © 2019 James Fahey

Burdekin Theatre Upgrades its Loudspeaker System

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The Burdekin Theatre is the Burdekin region of Australia’s home for arts and entertainment, playing host to a diverse range of live performances including musicals, plays, and rock concerts. It also plays host to conferences and seminars, plus local events such as dance recitals, school award nights, and more. The theater features a 473-seat auditorium with proscenium arch, fly tower, and orchestra pit, supported by a professional technical staff who work in its state-of-the-art facilities. When it came time to upgrade its sound system – Clair Brothers topped the list after a competitive review of major loudspeaker brands.

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West Side Story performed at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
West Side Story performed at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Lighting Designer Valerio Tiberi on Lighting West Side Story in Italy

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The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino hosted the return of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story 100 years after Bernstein's birth. This musical theater masterpiece is one of the most loved shows still performed today. Lighting designer Valerio Tiberi drew inspiration for his work "from the new adaptation and the atmosphere of the Upper West Side of New York in the mid-1950s,” he says. Here's a video of a previous version of West Side Story, performed at Teatro Carllo Felice in Genoa: {youtube}v=avn-CEEtqBc{/youtube}

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