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Thursday, June 11 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the HEAR Now Festival as we open our 8th annual Festival with examples of INNOVATION in the world of audio story-telling. New technologies and story-telling techniques will be highlighted.

Join Val Vigoda and her partner, world- acclaimed composer Ryan O'Connell, in a live Zoom Video Conference as they discuss the intersection of art and technology following the live performance of a song from their award-winning Off-Broadway musical ‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ (a wildly inventive musical adventure telling the story of a sleep-deprived single mom struggling to balance her family and career as a video game music composer) as well as examples of new music they have been creating in quarantine, with Val in Seattle and Ryan in Los Angeles.

This program is made possible in part by the Francis Family Foundation

Be sure to register for the Innovations presentation so you get the Zoom video link to attend. Zoom links will be sent an hour before the event.

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Val Vigoda

Valerie Vigoda uplifts and connects with people through her unique combination of gorgeous vocals, dazzling electric violin, heartfelt musical storytelling, and fierce buoyancy. Her epic life journey has taken her around the world on rock tours with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson, the... Read More →
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Ryan O'Connell

RYAN O’CONNELL is in demand as a composer, arranger, orchestrator music director, and conductor. His music has been heard worldwide in a variety of venues: in film, on stage, and in the concert hall. He is perhaps most widely known for his popular choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, which continue to top sales charts around the country.After graduating from the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the University of Southern California, Ryan has made his mark writing music for media. Most notably, with... Read More →
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Sue Zizza

HEAR Now Producer
HEAR Now Producer Sue is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer, and the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company. For more than 20 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks. She is an Audie award... Read More →

Thursday June 11, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
HEAR Now Online Auditorium