WLS created a video of 41 musicians, 13 dancers and one singer performing separately and then mixed them all together for a rousing performance of Frank Sinatra’s Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town).
WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago (DMA 3), wanted to remind viewers about the city’s artists and performers who are idle during the coronavirus crisis.
But bringing musicians, dancers and singers together on stage or in a recording studio was out of the question. So it created a video recording 41 musicians, 13 dancers and one singer separately and then mixed them all together for a rousing performance of Frank Sinatra’s Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town).
The singer is Miguel Cervantes, star of Broadway in Chicago’s Hamilton. The musicians are from the the Chicago Sinfonietta, dubbed the city’s hippest orchestra, and the dancers are from the Joffrey Ballet.
WLS said each musician from the Sinfonietta cut their tracks individually using a smartphone to record their video and audio.
That track was then sent to Cervantes, who sang his part also using a smartphone recorder.
Miguel then sent his vocals and video back to WLS. The music track plus vocals was sent to the Joffrey Ballet dancers to listen to while completing their dance portion, each part recorded individually on smartphones while they danced to the song.
Kyle Longnecker, a creative services producer at WLS, brought all the videos together as well as the final audio mix, a massive editing project, into one cohesive piece.
“It’s really remarkable to see each individual person in your little square creating such beautiful music together,” Cervantes said. “Separately together.”
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