Apr 28, 2021

EMERGE Part 1:
An New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert Film

This moment invites us to discover hidden dimensions within, and to see the world with fresh eyes. A new beginning awaits.

EMERGE: An New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert Film Trilogy

A musical journey without boundaries.

Produced by DreamPlay Films in association with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Xian Zhang
and superstar guest pianists Daniil Trifonov, Simone Dinnerstein and Inon Barnatan

Directed by Yuri Alves

Music Director Xian Zhang leads the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra back on the main stage to masterfully conduct a striking selection of orchestral works, showcased in a uniquely intimate style by maverick filmmaker Yuri Alves, who complements the live performances with mesmerizing visuals beyond the stage. The EMERGE concert film trilogy expands the universe of orchestral music through a mix of live stage performance, stunning visuals, mesmerizing dance sequences and format-bending elements on and off stage.

The concerts were recorded live and filmed on RED cinema cameras at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, between February and March 2021. The films are presented in 4K Ultra HD and in Dolby surround sound.

Produced by DreamPlay Films.

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Production Credits

Yuri Alves

Igor Alves
Yuri Alves

Executive Producer
Igor Alves

Camera Operators
Caroline Sincaruk
Yuri Alves
Michael Gomes
Gabriel Kurzlop

Crane / Jib Operators
Syd Sisante
Philip Babich

Assistant Camera
Peter Morris

Yuri Alves

Online Editor
Dan Dowding

Assistant Editors
Victor Buitrago
Ricardo Pais

Additional Footage
Yuri Alves
Caroline Sincaruk
Peter Morris

Stills Photographer
Meredith Whitefield

Gabriel Kurzlop

Sound Design / Re-Recording Mixer
Mert Ozcan

Post-Production Supervisor
Alexandre Ajuda

Technical Director
Adam Holz

Music Score Supervisor
Boris Ivanov

Production Assistants
Ricardo Pais
Carlos Ferreira

Audio Producer
Tim Martyn

Recording Engineer
Jennifer Nulsen

Live Audio Recording
Phoenix Audio

Production Company
DreamPlay Films

About the Filmmakers

YURI ALVES director

Yuri Alves is a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker who has written and directed films, primetime television programs and commercial projects in the US and Europe. Alves was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Portuguese parents, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where he grew up fascinated by cinema; in high school, Alves began creating narrative and documentary films including the “world’s first” 9/11 documentary, recognized by the First Lady. Alves has gone on to write and direct television, commercials and short films in the US and Europe. Yuri Alves directed two primetime dramatic series, starring actor Diogo Morgado (The Bible), “Tempo Final” (2010) and “Filha da Lei” (2017), both to critical acclaim. Alves’ films have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, including Raindance, HBO Latino Film Festival and at Lincoln Center and Tribeca Cinemas, and have earned 20 awards, including at the ECU European Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, IndieFest and more. Alves’ most renowned shorts include Grind, On the Cusp and Exit Road and are available on Amazon Prime. In 2018, Alves’ feature screenplay Ironbound was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Alves is the co-founder and Creative Director of DreamPlay Media, and earlier, he served as head of production at Fox Digital Studios in Los Angeles. Alves earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts from New Jersey City University and is represented by the commercial agency Brawler Los Angeles. Alves splits his residence between Los Angeles, New Jersey and Portugal. For more, visit yurialves.com.


IGOR ALVES producer

Igor Alves is an award-winning multimedia producer, media executive, innovation consultant and proud dad to Rafael Filipe. Alves is the CEO and managing producer at DreamPlay Media, a boutique creative media company, co-founded with his brother, filmmaker Yuri Alves. Company clients include Prudential, Rutgers University, Red Bull, Nike, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Audible, New Jersey Devils, AeroFarms, NJIT, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, City of Newark and more. The company’s DreamPlay Films division has produced seven award-winning short films, including GRIND, On the Cusp, Echoes of Fado and Exit Road; organized sold-out events, and is in development of feature films and series. In 2018, DreamPlay created DreamPlay TV (beta), a locally-inspired, cinematic storytelling network, launched in Newark, NJ.

Alves is also the Director of Operations at 24horas – Portuguese Daily Newspaper, the only Portuguese language daily publication in North America, based in Newark. Alves recently founded Boldinary Group, a positive impact strategy and design consultancy.

Earlier, Alves served as the lead ethnic media specialist for the U.S. 2010 Census in the NY/NJ region, and he taught classes in communications, social activism, and media. He possesses 20 years of non-profit leadership experience, including with the American Red Cross, NJ SEEDS and the Boy Scouts of America. Alves holds a master's degree in Global Affairs and Economics from Rutgers University-Newark, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Igor was born in Brazil and grew up in an immigrant neighborhood of Newark, NJ—a city and state he has long championed.



DreamPlay Films develops and produces narrative and documentary films, television programming and more. DreamPlay Films is a division of DreamPlay Media, an original and creative media company, based in Newark, NJ. For more, visit dreamplayfilms.com | dreamplaymedia.com.


TIM MARTYN audio engineer

Phoenix Audio is the website and home of NYC based audio producer/engineer Tim Martyn. Martyn is a six-time Grammy award recipient, including the 2019 and 2014 awards for Best Engineered Classical Album. In a career spanning more than 30 years he has worked as engineer and producer with a wide variety of artists, from Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming to James Taylor and John Williams. Martyn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance from The Juilliard School.

In 1985, Martyn was appointed director of audio for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood festival, a position he still holds today. He has engineered, produced and consulted for several top American orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Boston, Baltimore and Milwaukee Symphonies. In 2017, Martyn joined the Metropolitan Opera as music producer, and he oversees several of the Met’s Live in HD cinema productions each season. He has produced and engineered projects for RCA/BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony Classical and EMI/Angel, among others. He founded Classic Sound Inc. in New York City in 1987, and Phoenix Audio in 2001, as classical remote recording and post-production facilities.

Recent projects include the “Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood” (PBS Great Performances), the operas La Bohème, Semiramide, Aida, Adriana Loucouvreur, Carmen and La Fille du Régiment for the Metropolitan Opera, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks with Dawn Upshaw and the Australian and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras (winner 2014 Grammy Award) , Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures (Decca), WNET Great Performances Carnegie Hall at 120 with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Audra McDonald and the NY Philharmonic, Journey to the New World with guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Mark O’Connor (winner 2010 Grammy Award), Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Evgeny Kissin and Vladimir Ashkenazy (winner 2010 Grammy Award), Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Sarah Chang and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI), the Carnegie Hall Schubert Recital with Kissin and James Levine (Sony/BMG) and Mozart Piano Concertos with Jonathan Biss and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (EMI). Recent post-production credits include the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Kissin and Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI), Renée Fleming’s Homage album of opera arias with Valery Gergiyev and the Mariinsky Orchestra (Decca), Mozart and Schumann piano concertos with Evgeny Kissin and Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI) and Kissin’s solo Russian piano album (Sony/BMG). Kissin’s solo album won the 2005 Grammy Award (Best Classical Performance without Orchestra). Martyn won the 2009 Canadian JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year (Solo/Chamber Music) for the album Homage with violinist James Ehnes.

Martyn has served on the Recording Academy NY Chapter Board of Governors and on the teaching faculties of the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Tanglewood Music Center.

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