On November 13th, 2013, the second annual gathering of the Widney Society brought together some 350 donors and guests on the campus of the University of Southern California.  During an evening of celebration, the Trojan Family thanked the members of this most generous philanthropic group for their unwavering dedication to building the future of the University of Southern California.

The gala featured a key note speech by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, who emphasized the enormous strides the University has made throughout its history, from its inception in 1880, its growth as an academic powerhouse under each successive presidency, to the ambitious launch of the $6 billion Campaign for USC that was announced three years ago. The evening’s festivities were capped off with a surprise performance by Kristin Chenoweth who was accompanied by a symphony orchestra comprised of USC Thornton School of Music students and Conducted by Phoenix Delgado

Gear Connection deployed a Meyer M’elodie compact line array system in (5) 4-box clusters throughout the space to provide the necessary sound reinforcement.  With over (80) inputs from the stage, this show required the use of dual Yamaha Digital consoles, as well as two sets of audio snakes.  Monitoring for the performers was handled through (16) JBL VRX915M’s on (10) discreet mixes, with (6) Channels of Shure PSM900 In Ear Monitor systems providing additional support. 

To achieve the desired “Big Sound” worthy of the performance, every instrument was mic’d individually with particular attention applied to the (20) piece string section.  DPA 4061, 4066, and 4099 microphones, also known as “String Buds”, provided accurate and clear reproduction of the instruments.  A large variety of condenser microphones from AKG and Shure were used on the rest of the orchestra, and dual Schoeps CCM’s handled the podium duties for speeches.  Miss Chenoweth used a Gear Connection supplied Shure UHFR+ system with a KSM9 capsule for her vocals.

Gear Connection’s Toby Tittle handled the mixing duties at Front of House, while veteran Monitor engineer Mauricio Lopez provided the necessary mixes on stage.  By all measure of standard the event was a huge success, and the Gear Connection team received much praise for providing superior audio quality in the acoustically challenging environment.

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