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DALLAS - Lumedia Musicworks receives a $20,000 grant award from Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation to launch the organization’s 2022-23 season of STORIES. This comedic documentary series is released online and shared as interactive presentations to area senior centers.  

STORIES are based on the lives and works of early female composers. Each episode is researched, written and directed by Jendi Tarde, a resident of Plano, Texas. Lumedia’s ensemble records and films a specific work written by each composer, which serves as the primary musical example of the documentary. A team of actors, videographers and narration bring each composer’s story to life at On-Air Media in Dallas, with final editing completed by Artistic Director Julianna Emanski, a resident of Frisco, Texas. 

Episodes completed and ready for distribution to senior centers include composers Élizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Wilhelmina von Bayreuth, Barbara Strozzi, Garsenda and the Trobairitz, and Belle van Zuylen. New episodes under production throughout the 2022-2023 season currently target the lives and works of Teodora Ginés, Anna Bon di Venezia, and Hildegard of Bingen.

Lumedia collaborates with Elaine Scholly, a community educator and advocate for dementia and Alzheimer's awareness, in the presentation of STORIES to seniors. These interactive programs include the film showing, a baroque instrument demonstration, a performance and a question-and-answer session.


Since 2017, Lumedia Musicworks has displayed an equal presence in-person with live concerts, and online, building an international audience. In addition to STORIES, the ensemble’s digital productions include cinematic film, historical film footage, poetry and creative use of venues. Past episodes of STORIES are available to watch at no charge at https://www.LumediaMusicworks.com/stuff-for-nerds .

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Lumedia Musicworks closes its fifth season with a live concert subtitled, “From the Land of King Arthur to the Tennessee Mountains”, Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 pm in Dallas. Tickets are $30. 

DALLAS - Lumedia Musicworks, an early classical ensemble, will juxtapose Celtic fiddling tunes with Baroque masterpieces of a similar flavor in its upcoming concert A New Celtic Journey. Celtic folk songs will feature vocalists who share an affinity for this music. 

“The sources of inspiration for this collection vary widely, from the usual fair maidens and lonely isles to Cupid, sparrows and fishers of seaweed. It’s definitely going to be eclectic,” said Artistic Director Julianna Emanski.

The ensemble performs on instruments made to look and sound like those used when Irish fiddling was born. The song lyrics include English and Gaelic. Rumor has it that one traditional Celtic tune on the program, “Carolan’s Dream”, was the inspiration for Led Zeppelin's “Stairway to Heaven”. French Baroque tambourins, Irish reels and an Appalachian folk song contribute to the Journey

“While researching this program we came across “Mr. Dubourg’s Maggot” and figured a title like that would turn heads. Fortunately, it’s a catchy tune and we can’t wait to share,” said Jendi Tarde, a vocalist with the ensemble. 

Lumedia Musicworks is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization committed to presenting early classical music in creative ways. Lumedia produces short films and live concerts among other mediums. Its short films have won national and international awards. Lumedia attracts fans from as far away as Europe, South Africa and Australia.

Date and Time: Sat, Mar 28, 2022, 7:30 PM 

Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 6121 E Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75214

Parking: On-site parking lot, free. 

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-celtic-journey-tickets-335512024497

Website:https://www.LumediaMusicworks.com

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Short Film Release Party: School Car Line - A Survival Guide

Lumedia Musicworks partners with Veritas Wine Room in Dallas to launch its latest short film, School Car Line - A Survival Guide, on Sunday, April 24 at 5pm. Tickets start at $30, includes first glass of wine, and supports the nonprofits work.  

DALLAS - Surviving the school car line requires a battle plan, and Lumedia Musicworks captures the experience in signature style with its latest short film School Car Line - A Survival Guide. The short film launches at Veritas Wine Room, an award-winning vino-pub featuring a wide selection of wines, charcuterie and cheese boards, and handcrafted chocolate. The ensemble will perform prior to the film in a short concert connecting to the film’s story. Members of the cast and crew will also be on hand to meet the audience. 

The story is one every parent or grandparent can relate to: the endless line of cars, the long wait, the cell phone ban. Jendi Tarde of Castle Hills stars as the main character, a new mom to the experience. She survives the learning curve with the help of a handbook and careful supervision by a stern crossing guard, portrayed by Jeff Burleson of Dallas.  Recorded by the Lumedia Musicworks ensemble, the soundtrack juxtaposes 18th century French music written for the viola da gamba, and includes footage of Dallas’s own Christopher Philpott performing on an historical instrument.

“Relatively few viewers will be familiar with this enchanting music,” explains Lumedia Musicworks artistic director Dr. Julianna Emanski. “But most, if not all, will relate to the subject matter which has many humorous moments.” 

The short film release party reveals another creative side to the nonprofit.  “We had a lot of fun imagining the live performance portion of this event,” said Lumedia Musicworks lutenist Hector Torres. “It’s got a script of its own that connects us to the audience and provides continuity to the film.”

The short was filmed at Great Hearts Upper School in Irving, Texas. “This was Lumedia’s first time working with school kids,” said Lumedia Musicworks short film director Derrick Robert Brown of Dallas. “We filmed over spring break and they had a blast! It was a great opportunity for them. They loved experiencing the filming process.”

The Short Film Release Party takes place on Sunday, April 24, at 5:00 pm at the Veritas Wine Room in Dallas. General admission tickets are $30 and available for purchase online at https://www.lumediamusicworks.com/shortfilms

Ticket purchases support the Lumedia Musicworks 501(c)3 non profit performing arts organization, and assist in their mission to present early classical music in creative ways. Lumedia produces short films and live concerts working across multiple mediums. Their short films have won multiple international awards. Lumedia boasts fans from as far away as Europe, South Africa and Australia.

 

Date and Time: Sun, April 24, 2022, 5:00 PM CST

Location: Veritas Wine Room, 2323 N Henderson Ave # 103, Dallas, TX 75206

Parking: On-site parking lot, free.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/short-film-launch-party-tickets-310826830417

Website:https://www.LumediaMusicworks.com

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DALLAS - Birthdays are often celebrated at local breweries, and this year J.S. Bach’s birthday is no exception. Lumedia Musicworks celebrates in signature style, performing party hits of 1720 live on historical instruments. Pegasus City Brewery gets in on the fun with its special beer release “19 Block Bock”. Beverage purchases benefit the nonprofit. 

“This concert is an unusual curation of Bach’s brighter side,” said Molly Hammond, harpsichordist. “We handpicked light-hearted arias, sonatas, and duets from unexpected larger works. A few may be familiar, but all should bring a smile.”  

The ensemble performs on instruments that were made to look and sound like the ones performed during Bach’s time. The program selections vary from one solo performer to twenty, due to a cameo appearance by Inspirata Ensemble. 

“Two of our singers, Jendi Tarde and Derrick Brown, will be stepping out from behind their usual directorial roles at Lumedia,” said Julianna Emanski, Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated vocalist. “We also welcome some new instrumentalists to the roster: Nuria Canales from Austin and Leonardo Lima from Houston.”  

Lumedia Musicworks is a 501(c)3 non profit performing arts organization committed to presenting early classical music in creative ways. Lumedia produces short films and live concerts working across multiple mediums. Their short films have won international awards. Lumedia boasts fans from as far away as Europe, South Africa and Australia.

Date and time: Mon, Mar 21, 2022, 7:30 PM CST

Location: Pegasus City Brewery, 1508 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75201

Parking Garage: 1600 Commerce Street, Visitor Parking

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bach-birthday-bash-tickets-267015940867  

 

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Lumedia Musicworks’ short music film The Last Haw wins Best Comedy at the 2022 International Sound Video Awards (ISVA) in Prague, Czech Republic. The film has gained attention in Europe, awarded Best Comedy Music Video and Best North American Music Video at the 2022 International Music Video Awards (IMVA) in Budapest, Hungary, and Best Comedy Music Video at the 2022 Munich Music Video Awards in Munich, Germany. All are IMDb qualifying competitions.

 

In addition to live concert programming, Lumedia creates short films inspired by early music. The Last Haw features one of the best “big, trashy French” harpsichord pieces, meaning highly dramatic, idiosyncratic, and over-the-top, as explained by harpsichordist Molly Hammond.

Artistic director Julianna Emanski elaborates: “We love trashy French harpsichord music, especially Royer’s. Listening to Le Vertigo for the first time, for some reason, scenes of the wild west popped into my head. They stuck. We agreed that this piece should become a silent western.”

Directed by Derrick Robert Brown, the short was filmed at the historic White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas. Parts of the script were improvised in the moment. The title of the film The Last Haw came up unexpectedly as the Bartender threw down her apron and spewed the line “You’ve yee’d your last haw!”.

The Last Haw is an example of how Lumedia fulfills its mission to bring early music to life, and reach a wider audience through unexplored mediums. “This award takes that effort to a global audience and expands our organization’s reach in a new way,” said Brown.

 

Lumedia Musicworks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, makes their short films available to watch at no cost on their website (www.LumediaMusicworks.com) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/LumediaMusicworks).

Donations are greatly appreciated.


      

 

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The artistic team at Lumedia celebrates their second and third award for the short film The Last Haw, a silent western featuring the dynamic 17th-century harpsichord music of Royer.

Winning in two categories, the film is awarded Best Comedy Music Video and Best North American Music Video at the 2022 International Music Video Awards (IMVA). The film also won Best Comedy Music Video at the 2022 Munich Music Video Awards. Both are IMDb qualifying competitions.

The IMVA awards ceremony with live screening will take a place on January 28, 2022 at Tabán Art Cinema, BUDAPEST.

Previously in 2021, Lumedia received an IMVA honorable mention for short film Eternal Source of Light featuring two Handel arias spun into a story of friendship, directed by Eliza Polly Smith.

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" data-provider-name="YouTube">In addition to live concert programming, Lumedia creates short films inspired by early music. Their latest project features one of the best “big, trashy French” harpsichord pieces, meaning highly dramatic, idiosyncratic, and over-the-top, as explained by harpsichordist Molly Hammond.

Artistic director Julianna Emanski elaborates: “We love trashy French harpsichord music, especially Royer’s. Listening to Le Vertigo for the first time, for some reason, scenes of the wild west popped into my head. They stuck. We agreed that this piece should become a silent western.”

Directed by Derrick Robert Brown, the short was filmed at the historic White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas. Parts of the script were improvised in the moment. The title of the film The Last Haw came up unexpectedly as the Bartender threw down her apron and spewed the line “You’ve yee’d your last haw!”.

The Last Haw is an example of how Lumedia fulfills its mission to bring early music to life, and reach a wider audience through unexplored mediums. “This award takes that effort to a global audience and expands our organization’s reach in a new way,” said Brown.

Lumedia Musicworks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, makes their short films available to watch at no cost on their website (www.LumediaMusicworks.com) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/LumediaMusicworks). Donations are greatly appreciated. 

See the group perform live in Dallas on March 21, 2022 for Bach Birthday Bash.

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The artistic team at Lumedia celebrates their second and third award for the short film The Last Haw, a silent western featuring the dynamic 17th-century harpsichord music of Royer.

Winning in two categories, the film is awarded Best Comedy Music Video and Best North American Music Video at the 2022 International Music Video Awards (IMVA). The film also won Best Comedy Music Video at the 2022 Munich Music Video Awards. Both are IMDb qualifying competitions.

The IMVA awards ceremony with live screening will take a place on January 28, 2022 at Tabán Art Cinema, BUDAPEST.

Previously in 2021, Lumedia received an IMVA honorable mention for short film Eternal Source of Light featuring two Handel arias spun into a story of friendship, directed by Eliza Polly Smith.

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" data-provider-name="YouTube">In addition to live concert programming, Lumedia creates short films inspired by early music. Their latest project features one of the best “big, trashy French” harpsichord pieces, meaning highly dramatic, idiosyncratic, and over-the-top, as explained by harpsichordist Molly Hammond.

Artistic director Julianna Emanski elaborates: “We love trashy French harpsichord music, especially Royer’s. Listening to Le Vertigo for the first time, for some reason, scenes of the wild west popped into my head. They stuck. We agreed that this piece should become a silent western.”

Directed by Derrick Robert Brown, the short was filmed at the historic White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas. Parts of the script were improvised in the moment. The title of the film The Last Haw came up unexpectedly as the Bartender threw down her apron and spewed the line “You’ve yee’d your last haw!”.

The Last Haw is an example of how Lumedia fulfills its mission to bring early music to life, and reach a wider audience through unexplored mediums. “This award takes that effort to a global audience and expands our organization’s reach in a new way,” said Brown.

Lumedia Musicworks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, makes their short films available to watch at no cost on their website (www.LumediaMusicworks.com) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/LumediaMusicworks). Donations are greatly appreciated. 

See the group perform live in Dallas on March 21, 2022 for Bach Birthday Bash.