Symphony V was formed in 2012 as a collaboration and strategic partnership between internationally renowned stage and opera director James Alexander with Brian Pirkle, CEO and founder of Velocity Productions.
Since its formation, Symphony V has been a full service events and video animation company renowned for its ability to realize and bridge the gap between technology and creativity. The first commission was to create an immersive experience for audiences at The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of composer John Adams’ opera, “A Flowering Tree”. This was promptly followed by a commission from The Philadelphia Orchestra and Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin to create a series of interactive / immersive gala concerts at Philadelphia’s prestigious Academy Of Music launching a season-long centennial celebration of Leopold Stokowski’s arrival in Philadelphia, known as the §Stokowski Festival. Most recently Symphony V supported the world premier of composer Christopher Theofanidis’ oratorio, Creation/Creator, for The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spring 2015 and plans to play The Kennedy Center’s SHIFT Festival in 2017.
Symphony V has developed its capacity to stage galas, operas and oratorios, for symphonic organizations and performances of all sized scope and scale.
James Alexander is Co-Founder and the Creative Director of Symphony V. As an internationally renowned Stage Director he has staged operas and plays on three continents with a number of prestigious companies, orchestras, and conductors. During the 1990’s he collaborated with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and The Boston Symphony Orchestra, helping create stagings of Salomé, Pique Dame, Idomeneo, and the 50th Anniversary production ofPeter Grimes at Tanglewood. For the Atlanta Symphony, he has collaborated with Maestro Robert Spano over the last 7 years on stagings of Madama Butterfly, La Bohéme, The Nightingale, Dr. Atomic, and Bernstein On Broadway, A Flowering Tree and Creation/Creator.
Brian Pirkle is Co-Founder of Symphony V. Brian is also Founder/CEO of Velocity Productions, founded in 2010 to address the need for high quality production and staging elements to accompany the excellent content of many corporate, artistic and faith based events. Brian joined forces with James Alexander in 2012 to create Symphony V, which designs rich interactive experiences for orchestras and opera companies. Brian’s vast experience of over 15 years in the Event Services Industry has led him to work with numerous clients such as Delta Airlines, Chick-fil-A, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leadercast, Catalyst Conference, Q Conference, Foursquare National Convention, Passion Conferences, Natl. Youth Workers Convention, Seed Company, among others.
We listen for the goals of our clients and collaborate to provide creative ideas with video, audio, lighting and special effects to bring the musical scores to life uniquely.
"James and Symphony V create amazing immersive experiences for our audiences"
Maestro Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
"James speaks Symphony"
Evans Mirageas, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Opera and Vice-President Artistic Planning, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
"James is a Class Act… he puts his ego aside to serve the music and the musicians"
Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director, The Philadelphia Orchestra
"James is a great story teller, he gets to the heart of a work and takes the audience with him, he doesn’t confuse them"
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor