Music Technology Innovator to Lecture and Perform with His Virtual Orchestra at WPI on Nov. 2

WPI Professor, Frederick Bianchi, whose technology has been featured in many national Broadway tours, to deliver 2006 WPI University Lecture
November 27, 2006

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) continues its University Lecture Series with a presentation and performance by ground-breaking music technology innovator and composer Frederick W. Bianchi, who has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1994.

Since the early 1990s, Bianchi's patented Virtual Orchestra technology has been used in more than 15,000 performances worldwide, including the National Broadway tours of "Jekyll & Hyde," "Oklahoma," "Oliver," "Phantom," "Les Misérebles," "Seussical," "Ragtime," "The Music Man," "Miss Saigon," "Titanic," and "Porgy & Bess."

The University Lecture Series provides a forum for speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities. The series is sponsored by the Office of the President.


Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006

5 to 6 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Alden Memorial

100 Institute Road

Worcester, Mass.


FREE and open to the public


Professor Bianchi is a noted composer and music technology pioneer. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and his orchestral works have premiered at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. His work has been recognized with numerous prizes and awards, including the ASCAP Composers Award, the Kennedy Center's Friedheim Award in Orchestral Composition and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Award for Innovation.

In the mid-1980s, Bianchi began experimenting with real-time interactive music performance. That work resulted in the development of the Virtual Orchestra, a groundbreaking technology capable of simulating the sound and behavior of a live orchestra, in real time.

A co-founder of Realtime Music in New York City, Bianchi has forged numerous creative and research collaborations with organizations ranging from Lucent Technologies to Cirque du Soleil. His University Lecture Series presentation will include performances of selected works with the Virtual Orchestra.