wysiwyg joins Andrea Bocelli at Noto Cathedral
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
notoThe concert was staged on the piazza in front of Noto Cathedral
Italy - Andrea Bocelli and Igor Mitoraj’s sculptural works were the protagonists of a special evening in Noto to promote Sicilian Unesco sites. wysiwyg was also honoured to be there to help light this concert and its cultural assets as Andrea’s voice filled the piazza in front of the Noto Cathedral in Sicily during a concert held to convey a message of courage and unity among the seven sites recognised by UNESCO in Sicily (see our latest issue for a report on the event).
The tenor was accompanied by an orchestra and the Teatro Massimo Bellini choir in Catania, directed by Alberto Bartalini.
The event is organised thanks to the financial commitment of the Sicilian Region and the Municipality of Noto. The runs until February and looks to ignite a focus on Sicily's world-class assets. Massimo Tomasino, a local lighting designer, was asked to be the programmer for Andrea’s special event. Not only did Massimo have the lighting design experience, but he also had experience with architecture, theatre, dance, music, and art.
Massimo Tomasino has been a wysiwyg user since Release 10. For Massimo, Wysiwyg has become an indispensable and go-to tool through the years and used on all of his designs as he works with various Italian artists.
For this concert, it was most important to enhance the five works of Mitoraj positioned on the stairs of the cathedral, the cathedral itself and Andrea himself. The director, Alberto Bartalini, wanted to see renderings immediately of what the proposed layout and look of the show would be, which Massimo drew up using wysiwyg.
Massimo started to plan a couple of months in advance and imported the cathedral from a Sketchup file with true-to-size measurements, and using a Notebook workstation with two external monitors, connected to another networked computer to stream in video content from a media server. This way, Massimo was able to see everything he was working with and what he had at his disposal, as he freely moved around the 3D space using a 3D connexion mouse. In order not to obstruct any view of the cathedral, all gear had to be placed on the ground floor.
Once the rig was in place, all pre-programming was done using wysiwyg and a video rendering was sent to the director to share Massimo’s concept and vision. Alberto appreciated the ease of using wysiwyg and loved the fact that he could see results immediately if he asked for changes.
Massimo Tomasino teaches at the University of Palermo where they now offer the wysiwyg Educational Programme for students and faculties.

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