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About me

I am an animator and projection designer based in Chicago. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I have designed projections for The London Philharmonia, The San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Silk Road Ensemble, the Handel and Hadyn Society and others. I also work as a motion graphics designer and video editor for clients such as End Citizens United, Save the Children Action Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Parking Spot, Astellas, and many others.

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EDUCATION

 

2004 - BFA - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Concentration: Film, Video, and New Media

2004 - Roosevelt University - Minor in Spanish Language (fluent)

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

2009 - 2013 - Art Director and Projection Designer - Beyond The Score Series - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

For classical-music newcomers as well as longtime aficionados, each Beyond the Score presentation is a dramatic exploration of a composer’s music. Through the use of live actors, visual projections and virtuosic fragments of music, the compelling story of the composer’s life and art unfolds, illuminating the world that shaped the music’s creation. I was responsible for the video content presented in these 30-60 minute presentations.

2004-2013 - Independent Film Maker - My films and puppet animations have been screened at Film Festivals in Illinois, Michigan and California, and have aired on The Travel Channel, and Lonely Planet TV.

 

2007 - 2009 - Graphics Artist - Answers Media - Specialized in making flash animated video bumpers. Other responsibilities included motion graphics, DVD authoring, and print work.

 

2004-2006 - Freelance writer for BCN WEEK - an English newspaper in Barcelona.

 

PROJECTION DESIGN PROJECTS

 

Coming soon!

2021 - The Creatures of Prometheus, Conducted by Esa Pekka Solonen

San Francisco Symphony

Coming soon!

2021 - La Calisto

Depaul School of Music directed by Harry Silverstein

2020 - The Creatures of Prometheus

Narrated by Stephen Fry and Conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen

London Philharmonia

2019 - Handel's Messiah

The Handel and Hadyn Society

2018 - El  Tango Cafe

Tango21 Dance Theater - original play by Liz Sung

2018 - The Stars Align 70th Anniversary Gala starring Susan Graham and Aaron Blake

Tulsa Opera conducted by Timothy Long and directed by Harry Silverstein

 

2017 - A Midsummer Night's Dream at Tanglewood - Incidental music by Mendelssohn

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood conducted by Andris Nelsons and directed by Bill Barclay

 

2017 - Grounded

Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Directed by Laura Braza

 

2016 - Lysistrata

Northern Ohio University - Directed by Joan Robbins

 

2016 - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental music by Mendelssohn

Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons and directed by Bill Barclay

 

2015 - Beyond The Score - Ravel: A Portrait - A multimedia look at Maurice Ravel's life and music

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot

 

2015 - The Property - A World Premier Klezmer Opera written by Vlad Marhulets, based on a graphic novel by Rutu Modan

The Lyric Opera of Chicago - Lyric Unlimited Series, Directed by Eric Einhorn

 

2014 - Beyond The Score - Brahms - A multimedia look at Brahm's 3rd Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart

 

2013 - Beyond The Score - Scheherazade -  A multimedia look at Rimsky's Korsakov's Scheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mei-Ann Chen

 

2012 - Beyond The Score - Rite of Spring -  A multimedia look at Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit

 

2012 - Sacred Signs performed by Yo Yo Ma - CPA's Rite of Spring at 100 Festival at University of North Carolina

A new work by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky written to be performed by the Silk Road Ensemble - 40 minutes

 

2012 - Beyond The Score - Sounds Strange? A multimedia look at Shoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

Imagery and animated subtitles - Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Macelaru, with Pierre Boulez - 90 minutes

 

2012 - The March - A Civil Rights Opera - Alan Marshall Productions - work in progress

 

2012 - MusicNOW Series - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Designed and programmed projected program notes for this showcase of new composers. Performed at Harris Theater - 60 minutes

 

2011 - HE/SHE - A double bill combining Schumann's Frauenliebe un -Leben, and Janacek's Diary of the One Who Disappeared. Moving imagery and animated subtitles. Chicago Opera Theater - Harris Theater, 60 minutes

 

2011 - Beyond The Score - What Secret? A multimedia look at Elgar's Enigma Variations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit - 60 minutes

 

2011 - Beyond The Score - Pure Propaganda? A multimedia look at Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder - 60 minutes

 

2010 - Beyond The Score - Why Italy? A multimedia look at Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano - 60 minutes

 

2010 - Beyond The Score - Making Waves? A multimedia look at Debussy's La Mer

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot - 60 minutes

 

2009 - Beyond The Score - Rite of Passage? A multimedia look at Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski - 90 minutes

 

2009 - Beyond The Score - Heaven or Earth? A multimedia look at Mahler's Symphony No. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz - 60 minutes

 

SOFTWARE

 

After Effects, Premier Pro, QLAB Projection Software, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro X

 

Contact me:
hleben@gmail.com