About Us and History
“Always intriguing and frequently beguiling.” NY Times
“BEST of 2009″ Time Out NY
“Beth Morrison Projects, in league with Opera on Tap and VisionIntoArt, REINVENT THE ART OF THE SONG RECITAL for GENERATION Y” -The New Yorker, April 2011
VisionIntoArt (VIA), ”always intriguing and frequently beguiling” is a multimedia production company that “facilitates flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations” (New York Times). With the belief that collaboration sustains artistic innovation, VIA creates and commissions works that involve various disciplines, presented around the world for the general audience, and forged from the most exciting emerging and established artists living today. Our vision is to add dynamic interdisciplinary performances to the new music canon, creating a vibrant live performance music conversation in the world today.
Since Paola Prestini co-founded the company in 1999 at the Juilliard School, VIA has created and performed over seventy original works. VIA’s works have been seen at Lincoln Center, the Barbican Centre, the Atlas Theater, HIFA, in Zimbabwe, and the Kennedy Center. VIA’s works have toured to colleges and universities in the US, and to international festivals such as Apertif in Concerto at Teatro Manzoni, Etna Fest in Italy, and BEMUS in Belgrade, Serbia. Support for VIA comes from the National Endowment of the Arts, Cary Trust for New Music, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ASCAP, the BMI Fund, the Kenan Institute, Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Video Resources, the Council on Foundations, the Amphion Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation and individual donors.
VIA is a proud to be an Opera America Professional Member and participant in DeVos Institute of Arts Management Professional Development Program with The Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music!
"Upbeat and enthralling. " - The New York Times
"You couldn't ask for a better one-stop survey of what's happening in new music now" - New York Magazine
"You can expect to hear music by everyone from Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne to Chinese pipa player Min Xio-Fen, who in the above video sounds just like Buke and Gass. Which is a good thing." - Feast of Music
"VisionIntoArt…has facilitated flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers…" - New York Times
"…always intriguing and frequently beguiling….[VIA] deserves credit for envisioning new possibilities..." --New York Times, April 2011
"Visionary-in-Chief" --Time Out NY, about VIA Co-founder and Creative Director, Paola Prestini, May 2012
"The composers involved in this new Liederabend...span New York’s vibrant, inclusive, new-music scene."
- Time Out New York
"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists... a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illini
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - On Labyrinth The News Gazette
From our workshop production of John Zorn's Holy Visions
"evocative video projections by S. Katy Tucker. In a focused yet flexible performance, the sopranos Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey and Jane Sheldon; the mezzo Abigail Fischer; and the contralto Kirsten Sollek illuminated both the claustrophobia and the ecstasy at the heart of these medieval visions." - The New York Times, November 4, 2013
"eerily beautiful"- The New York Times, November 1, 2013