Broadcast Management Group was contracted to provide live production services, technical management, and production staffing for “Peace Through Music”, a classical music concert for PBS. The event celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII and their devotion to peace and brotherhood among people of all faiths. The 90-minute concert featured a 150-person choir and an 80-piece orchestra.
Prior to “Peace Through Music”, Broadcast Management Group participated in regular calls and meetings with PBS and the show’s director to discuss camera blocking and technical needs. Our live production team conducted several site visits to determine cable runs, parking locations, and map out our overall technical logistics.
“Peace Through Music” was shot at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC in front of a live audience of over 3,000 dignitaries, politicians, and VIPs. As a major music hall, DAR had all of the in-house infrastructure needed to successfully execute our live production. The venue had an existing lighting grid, stage, and risers to accommodate the choir and orchestra. House power was available for our production truck, which parked on the street directly in front of the venue.
All production crew for “Peace Through Music” were booked locally in Washington, DC. Broadcast Management Group’s CEO and EVP of Production filled the rolls of Executive in Charge of Production and Production Manager. The Director and AD for the program, who both have an expertise in directing classical music concerts, were flown in from Germany.
“Peace Through Music” was shot with twelve cameras: three robotics, one jib, one steadicam, one handheld, four on-pedestal mounts, and two on-tripod mounts. A separate audio team was contracted to handle mixing both the choir and orchestra – they handed us a stereo feed for our live broadcast. Working with our truck vendor, Broadcast Management Group engineered a live-to-drive recording workflow that allowed the EP to walk with all camera ISOs and a line cut of the program shortly after the end of the production.
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