"Verklärte Nacht" Short Film Premiere
The Florida Orchestra collaboration and commission consists of a live musical performance accompanied by a 28 minute dramatic short film as the backdrop. Geff collaborated alongside Ella Fredrickson, principal librarian and Michael Francis, conductor to execute the concept using his artwork to interpret the Schoenberg's musical piece, "Verklärte Nacht", which was inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem of the same name. The poem details a dark romantic story set in the 19th century. This multimedia performance is the first of its kind and in its world premiere in 2018, audiences were stunned with rich imagery and a memorable experience involving simply canvas and music. For three nights and sold-out audiences, this performance took place at the Mahaffey Theatre, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and Ruth Eckerd Hall. The production was made possible by project sponsor Phil Yost, Compass Land and Title.