What It Takes to Bring a Livestream to Life

Over the summer the backstage of Benaroya Hall was transformed into a production headquarters as the orchestra prepared for a new season of streaming concerts on Seattle Symphony Live.

By Andrew Stiefel
Photography by James Holt

This summer an incredible team converted Benaroya Hall’s backstage into a production headquarters as the orchestra prepared to return to Benaroya Hall for the first time since March 2020. New cameras were installed throughout the hall, and new equipment was added backstage to mix the video feeds.

Now you can enjoy high-resolution video and high-fidelity audio mastered by Grammy Award-winning audio recording producer and engineer Dmitriy Lipay each week on Seattle Symphony Live, the orchestra’s new video streaming platform.

As the orchestra embarks on a new season of live performances available online each week, take an exclusive backstage tour to see what goes into bringing a livestream to life.

Director Jesse Yang reads the scores for the program as the concert takes place, directing camera angles and selecting the musicians to feature on screen during the broadcast.

Johnny Baca and Mariah Brougher manage the cameras and cut the video feed together before sending it to Seattle Symphony Live.

Conductor Xian Zhang rehearses with the orchestra before the first livestream of the 2020–2021 Delta Air Lines Masterworks season.

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Posted on October 9, 2020