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Christmas in Luther Country

From Martin Luther's influence on Christmas traditions to atmospheric Christmas Markets

A Christmas tree, special carols and presents on December 24th: these much-loved traditions are all linked to Martin Luther. Start with the tree. While walking through snowy woods under a bright starlit sky, the beauty of the scene so moved Luther that he wanted to recreate it at home. So, he cut down a fresh tree, brought it inside and decorated it with real candles. Or so the story goes. What is known is that The Great Reformer composed the Christmas carol still sung today: “From Heaven above to earth I come, To bear good news to every home.” He also moved the date gifts were given from Saint Nicholas' Day, December 6th, to Christmas Eve, December 24th.

Those are not the only Christmas customs for which Germany is known. Around the world, the country is famous for its Christmas markets. And nowhere are they more atmospheric than in LutherCountry, the German federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, an hour or so south of Berlin.

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JVC AND BROADCAST PIX CUSTOMERS SAVE MORE THAN $3,000 WITH MULTI-CAMERA PRODUCTION SYSTEM BUNDLE

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced a partnership with Broadcast Pix to save customers more than $3,000 on a multi-camera production system bundle through Dec. 31, 2017.

With the purchase of any Broadcast Pix Flint integrated production switcher and at least two JVC KY-PZ100 robotic PTZ video production cameras, customers will receive JVC camera control software (a $950 value) and a one-year extended warranty ($1,250 value) from Broadcast Pix. Plus, at time of purchase, dealers will provide an instant $450 rebate ($300 camera rebate plus $150 bundle rebate) for each JVC PTZ camera purchased.

Flint offers four HD/SD-SDI/HDMI inputs, plus eight channels of clips and graphics, up to four network inputs, and seven outputs. Other built-in features include an eight-channel audio mixer, three keyers with DVE, ClearKey chromakey with Virtual Studios, BPview customizable multi-view, dual channel CG, file-based macros, HD streaming and recording, and BPNet cloud-based content sharing and distribution.

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Chauvet Names John Castelino Vice President of Global Marketing

John Castelino has been appointed Vice President of Global Marketing at Chauvet. In his new position, Castelino will be responsible for Chauvet’s entire brand portfolio which includes: CHAUVET Professional, CHAUVET DJ, ILUMINARC, TRUSST and ChamSys.

Castelino joins Chauvet after a distinguished career at Stanley Black & Decker, where he served as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing. During his time at Stanley Black & Decker, Castelino led some of the company’s largest brand portfolios such as DEWALT and Mac Tools.

“John’s experience, leadership and passion for brand building make him a valuable addition to our management team,” said Berenice Chauvet, shareholder and senior advisor to Chauvet. “We have built Chauvet into a leading and trusted name in the entertainment and architectural lighting industries. The insights and expertise that John brings to the table will help us take our company to the next level.”

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ADJ Heads to LDI 2017 With Two Innovative New Video and Lighting Product Ranges

Since 1988 Live Design International (LDI) has welcomed lighting and video professionals from around the globe to its annual trade show and conference. ADJ will once again have a significant presence at the 2017 show, debuting two pioneering new product ranges as well as showcasing other exciting new recent additions to the company’s expansive portfolio of lighting, video and effects equipment.

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TC Furlong Hosts 7th Digital Console Expo

TC Furlong will hold its 7th Annual Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, December 5 between 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Moody Church in rooms #107/108, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Chicago. Manufacturers include: Allen & Heath, Ashly, Avid, Behringer/Midas, DiGiCo, Presonus, Roland, SSL, Waves, and Yamaha.

Several manufacturers of complementary digital products have been added this year including LINK, Luminex, Whirlwind, Rapco, and Audinate.

Attendance to the Digital Console Expo is free of charge, but advanced registration is required. To pre-register, visit http://bit.ly/2hA7UiG.

Snacks and beverages will be provided and a raffle held for prizes and giveaways.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation with several pay lots. Limited street parking is available in the area.


Renkus-Heinz Wins Converts at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church


St. Mary Magdalene Parish's first mass was held at the Apex Middle School in 1999, and until recently, the school gymnasium remained the congregation's makeshift sanctuary. While grateful to its host, the congregation needed a home of its own. At last, after two years of construction, the lovely new St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church opened its doors this year, welcoming a capacity crowd of about 1,450 congregants. To worshippers' delight, every word spoken from the pulpit and every note performed by the band and choir could be clearly heard, thanks to a new Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC2 sound system designed and installed by Cary, North Carolina, design/build AV systems integration firm AVCON Inc.

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Proteus™ Bridge of Light for Reformation Anniversary in Worms, Germany

LD Thomas Gerdon finds lighting solution in powerful IP65 Proteus Hybrid™
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation and the German city of Worms, which played a central role in the movement, has been marking the event throughout the year. From October 27th to November 1st, a spectacular "Ecumenical Bridge of Light" was cast between the city’s St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Luther Church using Elation Professional Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads.

Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon was contacted by the city to connect the lofty Catholic Cathedral with the Protestant Luther Church in a bridge of light intended to express the bond between Catholics and Protestants. “Even though they are separate religions, they are still connected by the Christian faith,” Gerdon says of the reason behind the project. “The bridge of light was meant to visualize this connection as a symbolic meeting of the two great faiths in partnership.”

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