FETTER & AIR
an immersive sound installation experience of word and voice
FETTER & AIR is an immersive recorded sound installation, a catharsis for 2020, and a chance to feel the power of a live symphonic choral concert virtually, safely, and in the beauty of the outdoors in the heart of the city. Expressing both grief and hope, this uplifting, ethereal, looping 25-minute virtual chorus performance features the original words of singers from the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia (MCP), spoken and sung in their own voices, and set to the music of composer Dominick DiOrio, MCP’s artistic director and conductor. The 562 audio files were then mixed, edited, mastered and designed for the sound installation by consultant, producer, musician, and engineer Justin “JG” Geller.
Please note that the words in this sound installation contain personal reflections from individuals about their hopes, worries, dreams, fears, anxieties, and joys and that some of these reflections may be potentially triggering for some individuals.
The premiere installation took place on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16, 2021 at The Rail Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
FETTER & AIR was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia. Music and Text Copyright © 2021 by Dominick DiOrio. All rights reserved.
The commissioning and premiere performance installation of FETTER & AIR was made possible with the support of The Presser Foundation, with additional support provided by Frank Cassel, Ellie and Tom Elkinton, Elizabeth Hohwieler, Carolyn and Bernie Linarello, Mark Pinzur, Maria Sisto and Michael Schaedle, Jane Uptegrove, and Aiko and Greg Whiting.
Special thanks to Rich Tolsma, James Copes, and Tolsma Productions for their work in creating the documentary video of this sound installation.
Additional special thanks to Meg Morris for coming up with the title of our project.
Abigail Chapman, soprano
Lucas DeJesus, bass-baritone
Sierra Fox, mezzo-soprano
Donald Hunt, baritone
Jina Jang, soprano
Kelsey Lewis, mezzo-soprano
John Meyer, baritone
Langelihle Mngxati, bass
Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
Michael Robert Smith, tenor
Karina Sweeney, mezzo-soprano
D’quan Tyson, tenor
Ting Ting Wong, piano
Brendan Fullam, synthesizer
Kyle Conner, flute
Amanda Pfannenstiel, bassoon
Albert Crawford, trombone
Mark Davidson, trombone
Sandy Rea, “Dona Nobis Pacem” solo
The following 61 individuals submitted recordings of their original spoken words, reflections on their anxieties and hopes:
Ting Ting Wong
The following 67 singers submitted recordings of their singing using their own interpretations and improvisations of the composer’s sheet music:
Michael Robert Smith