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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Blog posting written by Kristen Reid, Cinema and Photography '21, Intern Blogger
Marc Webster is currently an associate professor of voice performance in the Whalen School of Music at Ithaca College. He may be a newcomer to FLEFF, but his many years of opera experience have prepared him well for his upcoming role at the festival. This year, in conjunction with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale and many additional artists, Webster will be performing at the FLEFF Disruptions Concert in Hockett Hall.
The concert in Hockett will consist of performances from singers, musicians, new media artists, actors, and poets. When asked how he approaches such an exhaustive event, he told me “I love the idea of combining artistic sensibilities to tell a story.” With the collaboration of so many talented artists, that’s just what the concert will do.
Beyond telling a story, Marc Webster is excited about FLEFF and the Disruptions Concert because “it’s an opportunity to affect positive change.” As a professor, he often encourages his students to have strong civic engagement but by working with FLEFF and being a part of the concert, he is given the chance to “shine light where there isn’t always light.” It’s motivated him to press his students to engage further while also giving him an outlet to combine his art form with making a statement.
Since the repertoire to be performed was finalized about a month ago, Webster has been work diligently to prepare but he won’t rehearse with the other opera singers until just four days before the concert. Because of FLEFF's large geographic reach, the other performers won’t arrive in Ithaca until then. But “this is pretty standard practice in the world of opera,” he informed me. The performers are so skilled and so confident in their art form, that by the time they convene in person, it all comes together perfectly and quickly.
The FLEFF Disruptions Concert will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at 8:15 p.m. The performances will be from a wide range of art forms but will unite together under the common theme. Join us in seeing Marc Webster, the IC Women's Chorale and others in one of FLEFF's biggest events!