The first Q&A was posted Friday and the second went up on Monday. Click the “Mailbag” link at the top of this page to see them.
“Last but not least, will the ‘Dancing Waters’ performances be new this year?” Annette asked. “I heard many talking about the grand update last year and how the whole performance was modernized, but the few times my husband and myself brought company to the performance, it was the same old performance with the same old music. It was nice, but did not impress.”
This summer’s fountain performances will be a combination of "classic" shows (pre-2005) playing on Wednesdays, shows featuring more current music, and a few "themed" shows (think Disney or the Beatles) which will play on a few Saturdays as they are finished by some talented and dedicated volunteer programmers.
Jason LeBrasseur said he and fellow fountain volunteer Ryan Strayhorn have been working more than 40 hours a week programming new music and shows for this year.
“Our goal is to have the entire aging library completely updated by the end of this summer,” LeBrasseur said. “The music will be from many different genres, from classical to rock/pop. Each show will also have very intricate choreography that will flow well with the fountain and be awe-inspiring. There is much more thought being put into the choreography over the past year, and people will start noticing the shows getting more entertaining.
“We already have many new songs (about 50) ready to go, with about 75 more coming by the end of summer,” he added.
At the last meeting of the Musical Fountain Committee, the voting members chose to go with a new introduction and closing for the upcoming season. LeBrasseur says the stadium preshow, fountain introduction and fountain closing will match musically.
“The 'Space Odyssey' theme (Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra”) will still make an appearance at the beginning of the pre-show music, as well as on Wednesdays when classic shows are played,” he said. “We have three working classic shows, with more coming this summer. These are the original 1963-2004 shows and require some work to get them working on the new system.”
You will also hear a return of themed shows. Rather than separate songs, these shows are 20-minute-long soundtracks with well-known songs and artists — such as “Disney Favorites,” Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, “Pirates!” and “Adventures in Film.”
Also, the fountain has some new equipment, including a new playback server that should help the audio quality, LeBrasseur said.
“We are also very grateful to have received a grant of new control equipment from Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley of Milwaukee,” Musical Fountain Committee Chairman Andy Cawthon said.
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