“Screening of ‘Peacemakers: A Filmic Oratorio'”


Media & Studio Arts Symposium

Inventing Oneself Through Art and Technology

Special Event: Screening of ‘Peacemakers: A Filmic Oratorio’

February 23, 2020 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mike Halerz

Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center

Description:  In 2016, James Aikman (composer) and Mike Halerz (visual artist) were commissioned by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra to create “Peacemakers: A Filmic Oratorio”— a 90 minute work for orchestra, choir, children’s choir, visuals, narrator, and soloists (inc. voice, sitar, saxophone, piano). The piece’s ten movements showcase historical figures who spent their lives fighting, and often dying, for peace. The visuals combine original video and animation with historical photos and video, each movement with a unique style and approach.

Peacemakers received an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  

This screening will feature the audio recording of the ICO from the World Premiere combined with the visuals presented full-screen. Excerpts from the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary will be shown as well.

Presenter Bio:

Mike Halerz holds a BFA Media Arts from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and was the first student accepted into that highly interdisciplinary program in 1995.

He co-founded TeraPixel in 1997 and has designed and produced video, audio, photo, web, print, and UI/UX content for clients such as BP, 3M, ADP, Intel, IBM, Sony, Dell, Samsung, NSF International, the University of Michigan, and the Federal Highway Administration as well as small and mid-size technology clients.

Mike has worked with arts organizations including the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Kerrytown Concert House, Theatre Nova, Saginaw Choral Society, Performance Network, and the International Computer Music Association to produce materials for marketing, fundraising, as well as performance-based visuals.