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IngenuityFest Cleveland's Temple of Tesla – June 11

Ingenuity Cleveland's Temple of Tesla features the Tesla Orchestra performing music with lightning bolts. (photo from teslaorchestra.com)

It’s the season of Ingenuity in Cleveland, as the team behind IngenuityFest bridges science and art together once again.  I had a fantastic time at their Cocktail Party Redux in March, so I was really excited when I heard about this next event:

On Saturday, June 11th at 8pm, IngenuityFest Cleveland is teaming up with the Tesla Orchestra to create the Temple of Tesla.  Located at the Masonic Performing Arts Center (3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44115), this unique concert will feature original music played on 12-to-15-foot lightning bolts shooting out from indoor Tesla coils.  

The Cleveland-based Tesla Orchestra is a high-voltage fusion of music, technology and theatre. Through their Open Spark Project they invited composers and musicians to submit original pieces that would then be played on lightning.  The best of the submissions will be performed on June 11th. To say the least, it sounds and looks like it’ll be a wildly intense experience.

As Ian Charnas of the Tesla Orchestra explained, “This is a rare opportunity to hear music written specifically for tesla coils and also to experience it within the Cleveland Masonic Performing Arts Center which is an amazing venue.  In fact, it is one of the only venues that was large enough to accommodate the indoor lightning show we’ll be giving the crowd.”

Temple of Tesla will also feature a performance by The Blue Ribbon Glee Club, a Chicago-based acapella group performing covers of classic punk rock songs.

Tickets for Temple of Tesla are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. They can be ordered from IngenuityFest Cleveland at www.tesla.eventbrite.com or by calling 216-589-9444.  More information about IngenuityFest Cleveland – including their upcoming Speakeasy 2.0 (July 15th) and the year’s main event IngenuityFest 2011 (September 16-18) – can be found at www.ingenuitycleveland.com.

 

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