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Wenger and J.R. Clancy win Award with Lieto™ LED Fixture

First integrated lighting fixture for acoustical shells wins at LDI

OWATONNA, MINN. (Oct. 24, 2018) – Wenger Corporation’s Lieto, the first LED light fixture specifically designed for use in full-stage acoustical shells, won the Best Debuting Product in the Staging & Rigging category at the 30th annual LDI Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was one of six product honors distributed at LDI, North America’s largest tradeshow and conference for design and technology for live events.

Wenger Corporation introduced the patent-pending Lieto lighting product to the industry at LDI. With a 12,000-lumen output, Lieto allows for fewer light fixtures in an acoustical shell ceiling while providing consistent, bright light for the performers on stage. Unlike most traditional light fixtures used in acoustical shell ceilings, the Lieto LED fixture is silent, with no buzzing or detectable RFI. It has minimal heat output and no UV, which provides a comfortable environment for performers.

“Key features are the three-axis beam positioning and built-in knob which provide tool-free pan, tilt and rotation for quick and easy adjusting,” says Mark Ingalls, Performing Arts Acoustical Shell Product Manager at Wenger. “Lieto was designed to augment the Diva® and Maestro® full-stage acoustical shells, giving performers the best light for every show, exactly where they want it.”

The Lieto fixture complements Wenger and J.R. Clancy’s broad array of performance products in the acoustical, staging, rigging, lighting integration, and motion control categories. All Wenger Corporation performance products come with unparalleled service and support.

For more information, please visit www.wengercorp.com.

Contact: 
Whitney Winkels, Marketing Communications Manager
whitney.winkels@wengercorp.com
+1.507.455.4100, ext. 8235

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Wenger Corporation: Performing Arts Solutions All In One Call

Addition of lighting integration complements existing suite of products

OWATONNA, MINN. (Oct. 18, 2018) – Wenger Corporation proudly introduces new innovations at LDI, providing a single stop for acoustical, lighting, staging, rigging and motion control solutions.

“Our capabilities support the broadest array of product solutions in the industry with limitless options, integrated solutions and unparalleled service and support,” says Chris Simpson, CEO of Wenger Corporation.

The latest innovation at Wenger and J.R. Clancy incorporates lighting integration partners and new solutions for lighting in performance spaces. Our premier lighting partners enable Wenger and J.R. Clancy to provide customers with unique lighting solutions in all performance spaces and categories.

“We’ve carefully selected these lighting and control equipment manufacturers to provide comprehensive lighting, control and networking solutions that work together seamlessly for easy installation, operation and control,” says Mike Murphy, General Manager of Performing Arts at Wenger Corporation.

To learn more and experience these solutions, visit Wenger and J.R. Clancy at booth #939 at LDI.

LietoLight Fixture

Introducing the Wenger Lieto, the first LED light fixture specifically designed for use in full-stage acoustical shells. With a 12,000-lumen output, Lieto allows for fewer light fixtures in the acoustical shell ceiling while providing consistent, bright light for the performers on stage. The Lieto fixture is silent, with no buzzing or detectable RFI. Lieto is comfortable with minimal heat output and no UV.

“Key features are the three-axis beam positioning and built-in knob which provide tool-free pan, tilt and rotation for quick and easy adjusting,” says Mark Ingalls, Performing Arts Segment Manager at Wenger. “Performers will have the best light for every performance, exactly where they want it.”

Lieto is now available for order with Wenger’s Diva® and Maestro® full-stage acoustical shells.

Helios Hoist

The new J.R. Clancy Helios Hoist is focused on facilities needing a compact, economical solution. Helios’ safety features include slack line and load sensing, and the compact drum allows for hoist-mounting on a single beam. The innovative drum and brake design offer a compact solution where space is a premium. Helios’ access panel and operations lights provide the latest diagnostic capabilities with ease of use serviceability.

SceneControl® 12 motion control system

The new SceneControl 12 motion control system is the latest addition to the SceneControl line. Its 12-inch touch screen feature, ergonomic design and portability allow operators to move around the stage and still view the equipment they’re moving overhead. SceneControl 12 can control up to 36 axes and includes a joystick for adjustable speed control.

SceneControl 12 is the latest model in the line. SceneControl 10, 12, 15, 24, and 24+ now come with enhanced features, including:

  • An Advanced Emergency Stop System
  • Load Sensing System
  • Management Capabilities
  • Multiple-User Logins

Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell

Exceptional acoustics, beautiful aesthetics, and engineering expertise all combine to make Diva Acoustical Shells a centerpiece for any performing arts stage. Diva’s stunning acoustic capabilities create optimum on-stage sound and excellent sound projection to the audience.

StageTek® Staging  

The refined, smart design of StageTek makes this staging system lighter, stronger, easier to handle, and faster to set up than traditional staging. StageTek’s interchangeable components combined with a wide variety of sizes, shapes and surface options provide unlimited configuration possibilities for venues of all sizes.

Wenger | J.R. Clancy’s Performance Solutions at LDI

Stop by Wenger | J.R. Clancy booth #939 on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 from 11am – 6pm or Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10am – 3pm to see how Wenger and J.R. Clancy are providing whole-project solutions for performance space needs. Learn more at wengercorp.com.

Contact: 
Whitney Winkels, Marketing Communications Manager
whitney.winkels@wengercorp.com
+1.507.455.4100, ext. 8235

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs. Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment. Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems. Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment. We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products. For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit www.wengercorp.com.

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Wenger Corporation Completes Massive Custom Acoustical Shell Installation at Canada’s NAC

Ottawa’s National Arts Centre work includes extensive J.R. Clancy rigging

OWATONNA (Oct. 9, 2018) – Wenger Corporation announces the installation of its largest, most complex acoustical shell at Southam Hall in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (NAC), Canada’s home to top theater, dance, orchestra and other performing arts organizations across the country.

The new shell and J.R. Clancy rigging system are part of a massive $225.4 million renovation to multiple areas of the NAC and has been in the works for several years.

Orchestra Shell

Wenger NAC Orchestra ShellThe shining star of the project is the beautiful orchestra shell in the NAC’s largest venue, the 2,000-seat Southam Hall. The shell will dramatically improve the acoustics, enable the music to better carry to the audience, improve the clarity of the sound, and help the orchestra and visiting artists hear each other on stage more clearly. The shell will also further refresh Southam Hall’s appearance. The venue underwent extensive renovations in the summer of 2016 that included new flooring, seating and improved accessibility.

“The connection that the orchestra will feel with the audience and vice versa will be taken to a new level,” explains Robin Glosemeyer Petrone, Principal at Threshold Acoustics. “We’re moving the orchestra into the room literally and acoustically. These enhancements will make this an extraordinary experience that neither the orchestra nor the audience has had before.”

The shell involved more than 18 months of collaboration between Diamond Schmitt Architects, Fisher Dachs Associates, Threshold Acoustics, Wenger and J.R. Clancy.

There are four main components:

  • 11 onstage towers that can all be moved anywhere on stage and set up for the orchestra
  • Three onstage reflectors that are 10 feet long and 57 feet wide
  • One 23 x 62-foot forestage ceiling reflector stored overhead
  • Eight forestage towers ranging from 34 to 52 feet tall

Threshold moved the orchestra further into the room and asked Wenger to create a giant reflector that would extend over the space. The reflector makes the sound more immediate for the audience.

“We spent several days in our Minnesota manufacturing facility with the design team to make sure we agreed on the design concept, and made mock ups for them to review,” explains Mark Ingalls, Performing Arts Segment Manager at Wenger. “They were amazed that we could design and manufacture these complicated mock ups in such a short period of time. We continued to tweak and improve the custom design until we knew everything was right. The final product was a one-of-a-kind shell that exceeded all expectations.”

“The factory visit by the entire design team and owner was a wonderful experience to be able to test many of the assumptions that were made about new approaches to the pivot walls, to the way the finishes were created for the towers,” says Peter Rosenbaum, Associate Principal at Fischer Dachs Associates and designer who has worked on the overall renovation since the beginning. “The hands-on session with the engineers ensured the success of the shell and the tight timeline we faced.”

Making it Move

Wenger NAC Orchestra ShellWenger Corporation provided Design Assist with Fisher Dachs Associates to ensure the extensive rigging needs to move the shell into performance and storage position were met. The team from J.R. Clancy designed, manufactured and installed the rigging for the massive reflectors, speakers, and scenic elements such as the house curtain. One aspect of the rigging system includes two line shaft hoists suspending the forestage reflector, which have a capacity of 20,000 pounds each. They fly the reflector from a vertical storage position into the play position with minimal effort and manpower required.

“These are large, unique, entirely automated components that we’re able to customize, test and install for venues like the National Arts Centre that have a variety of performance needs,” explains Mike Murphy, General Manager of Performing Arts at Wenger Corporation. “Our focus is always on safety, and the rigging systems for the NAC are designed to safely accommodate the requirements of the orchestra shell and easily transition the shell into storage position when not in use.”

Install, listen and learn

Acousticians are now testing the shell with a live audience in order to tune it for the best possible sound.

“We’ll listen to them while they rehearse and let them find their way into the space,” says Scott Pfeiffer, Principal at Threshold. “Now that the reflective surfaces are in place, they’ll probably change some of their techniques depending on what they hear from the shell and how they hear each other.”

NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley is excited for audiences to hear the difference in the improvements.

“My firm belief is that these changes will mirror the stunning achievements made in other parts of the building thus far, creating a radically improved environment while complementing the founding vision, bringing our audiences world class performances in a world class setting,” Shelley says.

“Wenger Corporation is honored to be part of such an extensive renovation, especially in Canada’s capital,” says Jeff Jollay, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Wenger Corporation. “This project continues to reinforce our company’s innovative designs and capabilities for custom projects.”

For more information about Wenger and J.R. Clancy, please visit www.wengercorp.com and for more information about the National Arts Centre, please visit https://nac-cna.ca/en.

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit www.wengercorp.com.

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New Team Emerges in J.R. Clancy’s Motion Controls Department

30-year industry veteran leading technically advanced team

Dale Hourlland

OWATONNA, MN (August 20, 2018) – Wenger Corporation has named Dale Hourlland Controls Engineering Manager for J.R. Clancy. Hourlland now leads the eight-person Controls team, which has over 100 years of combined theatre, technical and controls experience. Together, this team has completed dozens of projects from New York to Hong Kong.

Hourlland has been with J.R. Clancy since 2011, helping to build the Controls team and assist with the development and advancement of motion control systems. He was instrumental in the recent launch of the SceneControl®12, the newest addition to J.R. Clancy’s motion control offerings. As the Controls Engineering Manager, he will continue his work to develop the J.R. Clancy motion control systems and will remain an active resource for customers, specifiers, consultants and end users for SceneControl® systems and technology integration.

Prior to J.R. Clancy, Hourlland was Technical Director for the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Director of Performance Services at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Those roles introduced him to J.R. Clancy. During his time at Bucknell, Hourlland became a contract Controls Engineer for J.R. Clancy and was afforded the opportunity to train at J.R. Clancy headquarters in Syracuse, New York.

“After seven years at J.R. Clancy as a Controls Engineer, I am enjoying this new role to establish my team and am looking forward to what’s next in motion controls systems for our industry,” Hourlland says. “This team established numerous industry standards throughout the years and paved a path for future development. My expectations moving forward are to continue the legacy of the department and provide cutting-edge technology and exceptional service.”

Hourlland holds a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University. He has over thirty years of design and technical experience with lighting, audio, rigging, and staging that spans many segments of the entertainment industry including industrials, performing arts, legitimate theatre, rock and roll, and even the occasional circus.

Contact: 
Whitney Winkels, Marketing Communications Manager
whitney.winkels@wengercorp.com
+1 (507) 455-4100 Ext. 8235

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

Wenger’s Dan Culhane named USITT President

New USITT President replaces long-time colleague

Dan CulhaneOWATONNA, MN (July 19, 2018) – Wenger Corporation and J.R. Clancy’s Dan Culhane has been appointed to the role of President of USITT, effective immediately. USITT promotes dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners, educators, and students of theatre design and technology. Culhane replaces outgoing president Mark Shanda, a long-time colleague and friend.

“We are thrilled to have Dan’s decades of expertise and commitment in performing arts to help guide us through the next three years,” says USITT’s Past President, Mark Shanda.

Culhane has 31 years’ experience in the theater and production realm and has worked as Senior Mechanical Engineer for J.R. Clancy since 2016. Prior to that, he spent 16 years at SECOA as the Engineering Manager and Technical Business Development Manager. In both roles, he has converted architectural drawings and consultant’s specifications into manufacturing drawings and facilitated the design of specific solutions for a variety of venues.

He spent 15 years as a technical director working for theaters across the country including the Guthrie Theater and the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, as well as StageWest in Springfield, Mass., and the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.

He serves on the ESTA Technical Standards Program, where he is co-chair of the Stage Machinery Working Group and is also a member of the Rigging Working Group. He is a member of the UL Standards Technical Panel for Fire Doors (STP 10) and serves as an alternate committee member to the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Doors and Windows (NFPA 80).

Culhane has spent the past year shadowing outgoing president Mark Shanda, who is a 35-year colleague and friend. They were graduate students together at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became involved in USITT together, forming a professional bond in addition to their friendship.

“As I start my presidency, I am thankful for USITT’s strong base of support,” Culhane says. “The success of our annual Conference and Stage Expo affords us the opportunity to expand into areas that were not possible just five years ago. I hope to build upon Mark’s solid foundation of fundraising, which will provide additional stability to our finances and allow for continued year-round education, training opportunities, and expanded research grants.”

Culhane plans to continue to improve USITT’s conference programming for all skill levels. He’s an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion and encourages members to strive to attract and train a new and broader generation of theater professionals. He hopes to work more with high schools to develop talent and expand the scope of USITT’s outreach. Finally, Culhane hopes to expand the organization’s knowledge, research and outreach regarding event safety.

For more information about USITT, please visit http://www.usitt.org. 

Contact: 
Whitney Winkels, Marketing Communications Manager
whitney.winkels@wengercorp.com
+1 (507) 455-4100 Ext. 8235

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

Wenger and J.R. Clancy Shape the Stage at USITT

Leader in performing arts debuts new innovations

OWATONNA, MN (Mar. 15, 2018) – Wenger Corporation and J.R. Clancy proudly introduce new innovations at USITT, and continue to lead the performing arts market with unsurpassed products and services. The new J.R. Clancy Helios Hoist is focused on facilities needing a compact, economical solution, and SceneControl 12 is the newest addition to J.R. Clancy’s motion control offerings providing unsurpassed portability for stage managers. Wenger also features its Virtuoso Acoustical Shell and the enhanced Maestro Full-Stage Acoustical Shell, which further enhance the company’s robust line of acoustic originals.

“One call provides our customers limitless options, unsurpassed customization and integrated solutions,” says Chris Simpson, CEO of Wenger Corporation. “As a leader in performing arts, our capabilities support the broadest array of product solutions in the industry.”

Wenger and J.R. Clancy offer multiple product categories including passive and active acoustics, rigging, staging and platforms, motion control systems and audience seating. To learn more about the industry’s most comprehensive array of solutions, visit Wenger and J.R. Clancy at booths #1825 and #1925 at USITT.

Helios Hoist

Introducing the latest innovation in the J.R. Clancy line of hoists, the Helios. Helios is ideal for venues looking for a compact, economical solution. It’s easy to install and provides structural support for buildings that can’t support lateral loads. Safety features include slack line detection and load sensing capabilities. The patent pending, compact drum design allows for mounting the hoist on a single beam.

“As a standard hoist, Helios complements our existing PowerLift® and Titan® automated hoists perfectly, providing several solutions to cater to any theatre’s needs,” says Patrick Finn, Performing Arts Product Manager.

SceneControl® 12 motion control system

The new SceneControl 12 motion control system offers a state-of-the art ergonomic design and portability to allow operators to move around the stage and still view the equipment they’re moving overhead. SceneControl 12 can control up to 36 axes and includes a joystick for adjustable speed control.

“The key to this technology is the ability to customize the interface,” explains Finn. “It enables multiple users to each have their own settings, allowing more or less access depending on the user’s level of experience.”

SceneControl 12 is the latest model in the line. SceneControl 10, 12, 15, 24, and 24+ now come with enhanced features, including:

  • An Advanced Emergency Stop System. E-stop does not require a human interaction to stop the hoists. E-stop comes with two data communication lines: if one fails, the hoist stops moving.
  • Load Sensing System. Includes a load learning system to identify the expected loads throughout the full travel of the set. If it exceeds the set capacity or hits something in its path, it will enter a fault state.
  • Management Capabilities. The user can program limits to the number of hoists being used based on available power. A dynamic interface reveals buttons that change colors based on status or location, or appear/disappear to help guide users through the system.
  • Multiple-User Logins. Each user can open a specific interface. Certain functions are disabled, hidden or changed based on the experience of the user and pre-programmed information.

Virtuoso Acoustical Shell

Virtuoso creates a virtual experience with an active system of microphones, speakers and digital signal processors to transform the acoustics on stage. It envelops the musicians, enabling them to hear themselves and other members of the ensemble more clearly, which ultimately leads to better performances.

Virtuoso provides the perfect solution for facilities where there is limited storage space, a ceiling that can’t support a hanging structure or a lack of resources to set up and remove a shell on stage.

Wenger has partnered with HARMAN and Lexicon to incorporate the most advanced digital technology into the virtual shell. Virtuoso can either stand alone to improve the sound on stage, or be paired with Transcend® Active Acoustic System to create a full-venue solution for optimal acoustics from the stage through the back of the house.

Create dynamic and clear acoustics on stage with virtual technology to bring out the best in your performers.

Maestro® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell

The Maestro Full-Stage Acoustical Shell delivers impressive full-stage acoustics, while creating live entertainment environments for performances at an affordable price. Maestro has been redesigned with construction and design improvements, providing a standardized, cost-effective solution for performance spaces requiring aesthetic and acoustical enhancements.

It features mobile towers and rows of ceiling panels that form a full stage acoustic enclosure when placed together on stage. It can be easily configured to accommodate groups of varying sizes. Maestro’s counterweighted wall towers ensure stability and safety. And the design saves space, since the individual towers nest together when not in use.

The Maestro line comes in a variety of configurations, offering an economical solution to complement the highly customizable Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell.

Wenger | J.R. Clancy’s Sound and Stage Solutions at USITT

Stop by Wenger and JR Clancy at booths #1825 and #1925 March 15-17 to see how they are redefining performance. Learn more at wengercorp.com.

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

Wenger and JR Clancy Gear Installed at Salt Lake City Theater

Originally published on Front of House by Naomi Crews

SALT LAKE CITY – The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater recently completed a renovation with the help of
Wenger and JR Clancy risers, pit filler & rigging. The project was designed & installed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, HKS Architects, Fisher Dachs Associates, and Jaffe Holden.

More details from Wenger (www.wenger.com) and JR Clancy (www.jrclancy.com):

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater is Salt Lake City’s newest performing arts center, in the heart of downtown.

Designed by world-renowned Pelli-Clarke-Pelli Architects, the theater, featuring a grand six-story lobby with dramatic retractable glass walls, is a beacon of light and energy on Main Street.

The Eccles Theater is a hub of activity year-round with indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces. The 2,500-seat Delta Performance Hall brings national touring Broadway, concerts, comedy and other popular entertainment events; while the multi-use Regent Street Black Box at the Eccles Theater hosts innovative local performances and community events in a smaller, more intimate setting. The six-story Grand Lobby holds public art and events on the outdoor plaza will energize Regent Street.

There were several challenges in designing a multi-use hall that could accommodate the various needs of all of its performers. The variety of performances was one obstacle as Broadway shows, concerts, ballet, opera and other special events all come to Eccles. Another was the noisy, light rail transit system stationed in front of the facility, which made sound isolation mandatory. And finally, the footprint of the site was extremely tight. The team would have to be creative, and collaborative in finding a solution.

Rich and Resonant Sound
With their work cut out for them, the team began to explore solutions. The design team included Pelli Clarke Pelli, HKS Architects, Fisher Dachs Associates, and Jaffe Holden.

The task was to create a space with acoustic and visual intimacy, one where the audience could be located close to the stage, to experience beautiful sound that wouldn’t be too loud or harsh.

“We wanted the hall to feel very live acoustically,” explains Mark Holden, Chairman and Lead Acoustic Designer at Jaffe Holden. “We wanted it to sound tight and small, but at the same time allow sound from amplified speakers to breathe and expand naturally.”

Holden says he wanted to create an acoustic volume above the audience seating so that natural acoustics had the perfect resonance and richness for natural sound. They also employed the use of acoustic draperies and banners to appropriately dampen the room’s reverberant energy for amplified shows.

Above the Crowd
There’s a lot of space above the audience in the Delta Hall and a lot going on. First, Pelli Clarke Pelli created an evening sky in the attic space, visible from the audience seats below. The starfield design is a matrix of hundreds of low voltage lights that can dim and twinkle.

The real ceiling, however, is dozens of feet above that, which is where the acoustical drapes and banners come in.

Nine motorized 25oz-per-square-yard, 100% fully motor-controlled J.R. Clancy draperies cross the hall from left to right, and two large drapes can be deployed on upper side walls to vary reverberation time. The total coverage area is 6,700 square feet.

Holden’s team placed five acoustical banners along the proscenium wall that are 29′ tall and can be controlled with the press of a button.

“The mix of drapes and banners is deliberate,” explains Holden. “Tracking drapes across the hall are effective at controlling sound energy in the mid and high frequencies, while double-layer wool serge banners are especially efficient at absorbing bass frequencies.”

The system works well for a variety of uses.

“If they’re hosting a musical, for example, and they want the ability to draw some of the curtains together and deaden the sound all the way through the audience, so it doesn’t bounce back and forth and muddle the sound, this system allows for that,” explains Scott Madaski of Fisher-Dachs.

Down in the Pit
The Eccles programming requires the use of the orchestra pit for musicians. This was a critical focus of the acoustic design as musicians need to hear their own personal performance as it relates to the entire ensemble. The pit has a number of innovative acoustical features, including large wood acoustic reflectors and acoustical drapes. The draperies, provided by Wenger, were installed on the upstage wall and can be positioned behind specific instruments to control volume. Acoustical panels on the underside of the stage control overhead reflections. The upstage wall behind the drapes is angled and oriented to promote diffusion and dispersion of sound.

The draperies are controlled by 87 sets of J.R. Clancy manual counterweight rigging. The system’s simplicity and ease of use were important features.

“One technical director can hit a preset button for each event, or make adjustments as needed, to dial in the acoustics,” explains Jeff Gwilliam, Associate Division Director of Operations at Eccles. “It’s a very easy process for the people on the ground to manage.”

Sturdy Seating
The final products installed were StageTek™ Risers and Pit Filler as well as Portable Audience Seating.

“This was a cost effective alternative to spending more money on another expensive lift,” explains Madaski. “These platforms are on lifts and can be adjusted for any height. They’re easy to move and can easily be taken out.”

On the seating side, it was important to have sturdy chairs that look and feel like they’re a permanent part of the seating.

“These chairs came with fabric that matched the fabric in the hall. Wenger tailored them specifically to this space and they match perfectly,” says Gwilliam.

“We also asked that the steel components be the same as the room via powder coating and that was accommodated,” adds Phil Jordan, Cultural Planning and Project Director at Eccles.

Jordan adds that the seats were delivered as requested along with custom-built carts that allow them to easily transfer the seats from the hall to the storage area.

First class performance space
The end result with all of the collaboration between the architect, acoustical consultants, theater consultants and other players involved in the project, is a world class performing arts space that will surprise and delight newcomers and continue to serve the cultural needs of the Salt Lake County community for years to come.

 

Wenger Corporation Enhances Performing Arts Organization

Owatonna, Minn. – To continue to serve the unique needs of the Performing Arts market, Wenger | J.R. Clancy today announced the addition of Edward Kaye as a Performing Arts Specialist.

Kaye, a nationally recognized leader in the fields of lighting design and theatre planning, has provided design and consultation services for more than 200 projects. As a Performing Arts Specialist, Kaye will work directly with his assigned consultant partners to increase their knowledge of the integrated solutions available through the J.R.Clancy and Wenger brands, and to help make their projects as successful as possible.

“Edward’s expertise in combining theatrical and architectural lighting treatments and working with a wide variety of clients enhances Wenger and J.R. Clancy’s commitment to the Performing Arts marketplace,” states Chris Madigan, vice president of sales, Wenger Corporation.

Kaye’s work has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Themed Entertainment Association, Casino Executive Magazine, and Philips Lighting. He was selected the Themed Lighting Designer of the Year by Lighting Dimensions Magazine for his work on the SpaceQuest Casino Project at the Las Vegas Hilton. He also served three terms on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Theatre Consultants.

Kaye earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut, after completing his undergraduate studies at California State University. Prior to the formation of JK Design Group he was a Project Consultant at George Thomas Howard Associates of Hollywood, California.

“Adding Edward to the team allows us to continue to execute our Performing Arts strategy, and a key tenant of that strategy is to serve the consultant community better than anyone else in the industry,” adds Mike Murphy, General Manager Performing Arts, Wenger Corporation.

The addition of Kaye continues to build on the momentum in the Performing Arts segment that is distinguishing Wenger | J.R. Clancy as a leader in this industry.

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

 

Wenger and J.R. Clancy present technology triple play at LDI

Leader in performing arts capabilities announces new innovations

OWATONNA, MN (Nov. 9, 2017) – Wenger Corporation and J.R. Clancy continue to lead the performing arts segment with unsurpassed products and services. The new Virtuoso Active Acoustical Shell and the enhanced Maestro® Full-Stage Shell, along with the recently launched Transcend Active Acoustic System, further complement the company’s capabilities in performing arts with new acoustic innovations.

“We’re always developing new, unique solutions,” says Chris Simpson, CEO of Wenger Corporation. “Our creativity of engineering enables us to expand our broad offering of products and services while including more options for customization to serve virtually any facility’s needs.”

Wenger and J.R. Clancy offer multiple product categories including traditional and virtual acoustics, staging, pit fillers, audience seating, motion control systems and rigging. To learn more about the industry’s most comprehensive array of solutions, visit booth #1637 at LDI to learn about Wenger and J.R. Clancy’s capabilities.

Virtuoso Acoustical Shell

Virtuoso provides the perfect solution for facilities where there is limited storage space, a ceiling that can’t support a hanging structure or a lack of resources to set up and remove a shell on stage.

Virtuoso creates a virtual experience with an active system of microphones, speakers and digital signal processors to transform the acoustics on stage. It envelops the musicians, enabling them to hear themselves and other members of the ensemble more clearly, which ultimately leads to better performances.

Wenger has partnered with HARMAN and Lexicon to incorporate the most advanced digital technology into the virtual shell. Virtuoso can either stand alone to improve the sound on stage, or be paired with Transcend Active Acoustic System to create a full-venue solution for optimal acoustics from the stage through the back of the house.

Create dynamic and clear acoustics on stage with virtual technology to bring out the best in your performers.

Maestro Acoustical Shell

The Maestro Acoustical Shell delivers impressive full-stage acoustics, while creating live entertainment environments for performances at an affordable price. Maestro is packed with features, conveniences and performance aesthetics.

Maestro has been redesigned with construction and design improvements, providing a cost-effective solution for any performance space requiring an acoustical enhancement. It features mobile towers and rows of ceiling panels that form a full stage acoustic enclosure when placed together on stage. A separate wheeled mover easily lifts and moves the towers.

It can be easily configured to accommodate groups of varying sizes. Maestro’s counterweighted wall towers ensure stability and safety. And the design saves space, since the individual towers nest together when not in use.

The Maestro line comes in a variety of configurations, offering an economical solution to complement the highly customizable Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell.

Transcend Active Acoustic System

Wenger’s Transcend Active Acoustic System gives facility managers the ability to enhance acoustic environments in virtually any space: performing arts centers, auditoriums, theatres, opera houses, and worship spaces.

Developed using HARMAN’s Lexicon active acoustic technology, the Transcend system offers a high-performance, affordable solution for acoustical flexibility. Transcend will truly transform your space into a multi-functional venue by allowing you to simulate the acoustics of many different performance spaces.

Transcend’s active acoustics algorithm results in a system that requires fewer microphones and speakers to provide a more reliable and stable system. This allows for streamlined, lower-cost installations than other systems on the market, and the best possible acoustic experience for any seat in the house.

Wenger | J.R. Clancy’s Sound and Stage Solutions at LDI

Stop by Wenger | J.R. Clancy booth #1637 on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18 from 11am – 6pm or Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10am – 3pm to see how Wenger and J.R. Clancy are redefining performance. Learn more at wengercorp.com.

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

 

Wenger announces new Maestro® Acoustical Shell

Improved design, durability and storage options

OWATONNA, MN (Sept. 18, 2017) – Wenger Corporation, the leader in acoustic solutions for rehearsal and performance spaces, proudly presents the new and improved Maestro® full-stage acoustical shell. Maestro delivers impressive full-stage acoustics, while creating live entertainment environments for performances at an affordable price.

The Maestro line has gone through significant construction and design improvements, making it a superior yet cost-effective solution for any performance space requiring an acoustical enhancement.

“We redesigned the Maestro from top to bottom, so that high schools and other modest performance venues could acquire an exceptional yet simple, affordable solution,” says Mark Ingalls, Wenger, product manager for the Performing Arts. “We’ve been making acoustical shells for 60 years and Maestro, previously offered under the SECOA name, is now as innovative, functional and durable as our other offerings.”

Maestro Acoustical Shells are packed with features, conveniences and performance aesthetics. They feature mobile towers and rows of ceiling panels that form a full stage acoustic enclosure when placed together on stage. A separate wheeled mover easily lifts and moves the towers.

Maestro can be easily configured to accommodate groups of varying sizes and takes only three people to set up. It’s more stable than ever, with counterweighted wall towers to ensure superior stability and safety. And the design saves space, since the individual towers nest together when not in use.

The Maestro line comes in a variety of configurations, offering a low cost solution to complement the highly customizable Diva Full-Stage Acoustical Shell. Finishes available include a low pressure laminate with black painted aluminum panel edges; a hardwood veneer stained and finished to match space requirements; and a painted panel finish ready for a show.

Maestro Acoustical Shells are currently available for order with installations beginning in early 2018.

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs.  Our products include the Wenger, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment.  Products include: theatrical rigging systems; acoustical shells and treatment; acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms; fixed and portable audience seating; and portable and mobile staging systems.  Our furniture line includes: music posture chairs; music stands; conductor’s equipment; and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment.  We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products.  For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit http://www.wengercorp.com.

 

 

Higher Stakes: Safe rigging for arenas

Originally published in Facilities Manager in the January/February edition authored by Patrick Finn

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Wenger Corporation Continues Growth With Acquisition Of SECOA

Originally published by Front Row News

December 5, 2016

When Wenger Corporation acquired the assets of 45-year-old SECOA, it did so with an eye toward the future.

“What we can benefit from this acquisition of the assets is that we have an opportunity to grow and pick up sales and their book of business, as it were,” said Chris Simpson, president and CEO of Wenger. “We have an opportunity to really leverage better resources. That’s an important point to this purchase. We’re adding some of their key team members and their related experience. We are able to take on a couple of their products that fit into our portfolio. That’s really a key element to what we’re doing.”

Simpson came on board at Owatonna, Minnesota-based Wenger five years ago, and has led a dynamic growth spurt for a company that provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts and athletic equipment storage.

“The genesis of even thinking about this goes back to what our base strategy is and what our vision is,” Simpson said. “It comes back to Wenger Corporation’s overall vision, which is to be a leading provider of products and services for the performing arts and education businesses on a global basis. That’s a big, broad vision. We understand what we have to do to go out there and do that. One of the things you have to do is grow. We clearly have a very aggressive growth strategy for the performing arts business.”

Wenger, which started in 1946, acquired J.R. Clancy five years ago, which put the company in the rigging business.

“Our product portfolio has expanded significantly with where we were pre-J.R. Clancy,” Simpson said. “We have audio, seating, acoustical, rigging and I could go on and on. The point is we have a broad and deep range of product offerings in the industry.”

Simpson said that while he has looked at what might make sense from an acquisition opportunity, the SECOA deal happened when he was approached by that company’s owners.

“I thought the similarities of business models was strikingly similar,” he said. “Therefore, we looked at how buying the assets of the company might make sense. That is one of the things to be clear about in that we didn’t buy SECOA, per se, but bought the assets of SECOA. That said, SECOA as a separate entity really will no longer exist. We have the rights to the SECOA brand and in fact we plan on using that on some of the select products that transferred over, but the business will be rolling up into the Wenger/J.R. Clancy business model.”

Simpson believes that the combination of retaining some talented individuals along with the business model he has purchased means only a positive future to build upon.

“There are some talented individuals we have coming on board who have long-term experience,” he said. “They are actually going to help us accelerate some of the abilities to really project manage and be a total integrator of more solutions for the performing arts space. SECOA has a business model that they’ve been running forever that we have had just over the last couple of years. That will help us jump-start even faster. But we just feel that the assets that we are acquiring as part of this deal clearly fits very well with what we’re doing.”

 

Wenger and Lexicon to Highlight Active Acoustics at IAVM’s VenueConnect Show

Originally published by Frank Hammel

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The International Association of Venue Managers’ VenueConnect show is coming to Minneapolis July 23-26, 2016. There, attendees who visit the Wenger/J.R. Clancy booth (#323) will be able to hear about the transformation that active acoustics technology made to Neumann Auditorium at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa (pictured here).

More details from Wenger (www.wengercorp.com):

How can performing venues stretch their acoustic potential, to better host a variety of events? Attendees to the International Association of Venue Managers’ VenueConnect show in Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 23-26, 2016) can hear firsthand about advancements in active acoustics technology.

Representatives from Wenger and Lexicon will discuss a world-premiere installation at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, on July 25 at 11:00 a.m. This new system has transformed Wartburg’s Neumann Auditorium from a dated, problematic facility to a showplace for Wartburg’s renowned music programs.

The new active acoustics system also offers something that traditional acoustic treatments can’t do: the creative flexibility to create music programming that simply wouldn’t be possible with conventional technology.

“You can simulate any acoustic you want. It’s virtually limitless,” said Lee Nelson, Wartburg’s Director of Choral Activities. “You could create a choral/orchestral performance setting, a choral setting for cathedral performances and a setting for a piano concerto—all within the same concert if you wish. And, all settings can be stored and recalled at any time.”

The new active acoustics system has also become a selling point in the battle to attract talented student performers, events and concerts. Prior to the installation, Neumann Auditorium’s less-than-ideal acoustics were a drag on recruiting efforts, and made it impossible to host concerts by certain artists and bands.

Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., recently purchased an active acoustics system, which will be installed in 2017.

Get more info on this July 25 performing arts session here. If you’re planning on attending this show, please visit the Wenger/J.R. Clancy booth 323.


 

 

One Stage, Two Looks: Custom J.R. Clancy Hoist System Assisting

Project profile from director of engineering at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA.
(from Technologies for Worship, January 2016)

Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA is a multi-generational church that currently runs three services every Sunday. The first two at 8:00 and 9:30 am are traditional in nature, featuring both a choir and full-piece orchestra. Our 11:00 am service offers a contemporary worship style to our congregants, featuring a typical worship band, and more theatrical lighting than our traditional services.

We recently completed a full sanctuary remodel, including stage and congregation seating areas, to enable us to more easily delineate between both service styles; showcasing a full-stage with choir loft and orchestra pit for the first two services, and transitioning to a smaller, more intimate stage for our contemporary service.

To put this in perspective, our stage is roughly 60’ deep by about 80’ wide and about 4’ high. When we did our remodel, we actually raised and leveled the floor in front of the stage on the main level of our sanctuary, as the stage had been about 6’ high to allow people sitting in our balcony to see the pastor. The new remodel brought our pastor closer to our congregants on the main level and created an easier viewing experience for them, while at the same time maintaining the sight lines needed for those in our balcony.

During our remodeling process, we knew we wanted to create an environment where we could easily change from our traditional stage setting to a contemporary stage setting in the 15-20 minutes we had between the end of our 9:30 am service and the start of our 11:00 am service, without having to worry about pushing the 11:00 am start time back.

For our contemporary worship, we wanted a way to make the stage smaller and more intimate for our praise band. We knew the best way to do this was to have a backdrop that could come down and hide the orchestra pit and choir loft. To assist in this look transition, we replaced our older projection system with two 18’ x 10’ LED display walls made by Aeson that would be used for all services. This is where JR Clancy came in. Our system integrator, Idibri, and installer, Pacific West Sound, approached JR Clancy about creating a gantry system for our LED screens that would allow us to easily move them 30 feet downstage and lower them to eight feet above the stage for our contemporary worship. We needed the screens to work at both an upstage and downstage location, so JR Clancy designed a custom hoist and gantry system using components of their PowerLine® line shaft hoist, which allows the screens to be recessed in an alcove against the back wall of the stage for the traditional services and moved forward in front of the scrims for the contemporary service.

Once the screens are in position for our contemporary worship, we’re able to drop seven large Mechoshade scrims behind and beside them to hide the orchestra pit, choir loft, and cut the size of our stage in half.

Clancy’s SceneControl® 5200 control console serves as the controller for the LED gantry system. The SceneControl® console provides programming for up to 24 axes, with the ability to start and stop an axis multiple times within a cue. The graphic touch-screen display shows the operator the position of each batten and all of the targets, and an emergency stop system and hold-torun function make the SceneControl® a good choice for facilities that may use volunteers to run the rigging.

We also installed three Varion® hoists to add lighting positions above the stage, and a PowerLift® hoist to add key light above the house.

With our remodel, we’ve added 26 ETC Source 4, 14 degree ellipsoidals, 48 ETC Color Source pars, and 12 Vari-lite 770s. We use our Color Source pars primarily as backlighting, along with the VL-770s to put pattern and color on the stage to help enhance the worship experience and light up the scrims. The scrim backdrop provides a neutral canvas that allows us to create a variety of different lighting designs for the stage. A High End Systems Hog 4 lighting console is used to create the lighting elements for both our traditional and contemporary services.

With the JR Clancy system in place, we can now strike most of the orchestra pit, hide the choir loft, do an audio changeover and make the stage smaller between services in about 15 minutes. We were able to get exactly what we wanted – two different stage looks for two kinds of services – and we couldn’t be more pleased.


 

 

Wenger Transcend™ Active Acoustics and Transform™ Acoustical Banners Win Best Product Awards

Groundbreaking Acoustics Technology Honored at Worship Facilities Expo

 

Owatonna, Minn. (November 19, 2015) — Wenger Corporation, a leader in stage, acoustic and storage solutions for worship and performance spaces took home three awards at the annual Worship Facilities Expo in Nashville, TN. Wenger’s groundbreaking Transcend™ Active Acoustic System won the award for Best Other Audio Product, while the Transform™ Motorized Acoustical Banner brought home two honors: Best Acoustical Treatment Product and the prestigious Best Overall Building Treatment award.

“The judging panel responded to the versatility of Transcend for spoken word and music. The system has very appealing qualities for churches,” said Jim Wagner, Managing Director of Worship Facilities Expo, adding, “The Transform Motorized Acoustical Banner could provide flexibility to a wide variety of church spaces. The judging panel was impressed with the versatility of applications and placement for churches.”

Both products are significant breakthroughs in acoustics technology, and show Wenger leading the charge in creating acoustical solutions that are more effective, more versatile and more affordable. Developed in partnership with the legendary audio company HARMAN, Transcend uses digital processing technology to optimize the acoustics of any worship or performance space, while Transform replaces traditional acoustic panels with motorized banners that can be adjusted to suit a variety of performances.

Chris Simpson, President and CEO of Wenger Corporation said, “We are extremely honored that the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo 2015 has chosen the Transcend Active Acoustic System as Best Other Audio Product. We believe that Transcend is a revolutionary product that will make cutting-edge active acoustics technology accessible to worship facilities and venues around the world, and we’re glad the WFX judges agree. We are also honored by their recognizing our versatile Transform Motorized Acoustical Banner with two awards: Best Acoustical Treatment Product and Best Overall Building Product.”

 

If you’re a member of the media who would like to learn more about Transcend or Transform contact Matt Helgeson at Strother Communications Group (matth@scgpr.com) or Stacy Hanson (stacy.hanson@wengercorp.com) at Wenger Corporation. If you’re a church or venue manager who would like to inquire about an installation of Transcend or Transform, contact Denny Meyer (denny.meyer@wengercorp.com).

About Wenger Corporation

Wenger Corporation (wengercorp.com) provides innovative stage, acoustic and storage solutions for performing arts, music/theatre education and athletics programs around the world. Our Wenger®, J.R. Clancy and GearBoss® brands are dedicated to flawless performance in all our products and solutions. For nearly 70 years, Wenger has been listening to customers to produce the durable and functional products they need. For 130 years, J.R. Clancy has been producing exceptional rigging and theatrical equipment. Since joining forces in 2011, these two time-tested brands deliver advanced products for the highest levels of acoustic excellence, comfort and versatility for any performance venue. GearBoss brings the same level of design expertise and commitment to athletics. Visit our YourPerformancePartners.com blog to learn more.

About HARMAN

Currently celebrating its 10th year, the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (http://www.wfxweb.com) is the leading event for church facilities and technology teams. Presented by Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities magazine, WFX offers churches of all sizes education and training on new tools and technologies, meaningful networking, and exposure to innovative ideas for ministry and management.