Wayne State to Host RemoteLive Concert by Sir Elton John on Jan. 25 UPDATED
Published: 1-22-2013 2:40 pm
UPDATED: Yamaha has announced that the entire 3-plus hour Yamaha 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert, including Elton John, will now be presented as part of the RemoteLive event. The concert will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, with John expected to take the stage at about 12:25 a.m. Ramsey Theatre will be open for the entire free event.
Joining the “Rocket Man” onstage will be Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Dave Grusin, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Dave Koz, James Newton Howard, LEOGUN, Landon Pigg, Lucy Schwartz, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Sinbad and Toto. Legendary bass player Nathan East will serve as music director.
The Yamaha Disklavier piano will only play during John's performance but attendees will be able to hear all of the acts prior to his performance.
John will perform via Yamaha's RemoteLive from Disney's California Adventure Park's Hyperion Theater.
Sir Elton John has agreed to allow Yamaha to stream to the company's RemoteLive beta-testers and to a host of other locations around the world in this first Global Live Broadcast.
John's concert and its worldwide accompaniment are the near-final realization of a technology project brewing for 25 years, according to Ian Hamilton of the Orange County Register in California. For decades, the big idea for Yamaha employees was to have an artist's performance in one location experienced by many listeners, not re-created by speakers but beamed over the air and reproduced with pinpoint accuracy by a musical instrument. In Anaheim, when Elton John plays his "Nikita" red Yamaha Disklavier piano, phantom fingers will play similar Yamaha pianos in Japan, Korea, Russia, Canada and other locations around the world, the newspaper noted.
The company demonstrated a multicontinent performance in March last year with three pianos in New York playing an abstract piece together, said Hamilton with the Orange County Register. Only one player was on stage; the other two pianists in Orange County and Japan appeared on projection screens. Singer Sarah McLachlan performed a concert playing a Disklavier at her studio in Canada that was broadcast to other pianos in the United States, including Wayne State, in September. The performance by Elton John, who has a longstanding endorsement deal with the musical instrument company, will be the first global broadcast of the technology.
"Wayne State has the most sophisticated fleet of Yamaha technology enhanced pianos, combined with the Steinway concert grand pianos, anywhere in the world," said Michael Bates of Yamaha. "Even Brigham Young University, with 40 Disklaviers, and University of Kentucky, with 11 Disklaviers and two AvantGrand N3, do not have the 'perfect' mix you have at Wayne State College."
Refurbishment and replacement of the pianos at Wayne State was made possible by the Wayne State Foundation, which raised more than $230,000 to acquire pianos from Yamaha.
The concert is free. For information: (402) 375-7359