“The Today Show” Upgrades Concert Stage with Fixtures from CHAUVET Professional

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• Created: June 12, 2018

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“The Today Show” lighting director Peter Greenbaum recently upgraded the program’s Citi Concert Series stage with CHAUVET Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures, supplied by WorldStage.

With its 60W RGBW center beam, surrounded by a ring of nine 15W RGBW LEDs, the multi-functional Maverick MK Pyxis represents somewhat of a departure from the fixtures Greenbaum has traditionally used on the Citi Concert rig.

“The Pyxis creates an extensive variety of effects that you don’t see on a TV concert type of stage,” he said. “Its powerful center beam is also new for me, but I fell in love with the fixture after WorldStage showed it to me. I can use it to create real concert looks on stage, which, along with the quality of our artists, helps keep the Today Show Citi Concerts a step ahead of the competition.”

Since obtaining the Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures in mid-May, Greenbaum has used them for Citi Concert performances by Meghan Trainor, Darius Rucker and Shawn Mendes.

”Their movement and color adds the kind of summer concert fun factor to our stage that I was after,” he said. “The LEDs on the outer rim look really great on camera when we program them to appear as if they are ‘spinning.’ We rely on them for eye candy, but they’re also a very nice wash.”

The multi-functional versatility of the Maverick MK Pyxis, along with its compact size, makes it well suited for the Today Show’s outdoor stage.

“Being in the middle of Manhattan, we don’t have a lot of room on our outdoor stage, so space on our rig is at a premium,” said Greenbaum. “The Pyxis doesn’t take up a lot of real estate, plus it does the job of more than one fixture, so yes it’s really invaluable here on our rig.”

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