Clear-Com Empowers The Kennedy Center with Seamless Communication Solutions

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts continues to raise the bar for excellence in live entertainment with the newest integration of Clear-Com® communication solutions into its prestigious venue. Renowned for its commitment to artistic innovation and cultural enrichment, the Kennedy Center has relied on Clear-Com’s cutting-edge products for decades to ensure flawless communication during performances and events.

From the early days of Encore®, to the digital power of  HelixNet® to the recent transition to the FreeSpeak® II wireless communication system, Clear-Com’s solutions continue to play a pivotal role in the Kennedy Center’s operations.

Michael Buchman, the current Crew Chief of the Concert Hall, the largest venue at the Kennedy Center, has been witness to this evolution firsthand. Michael specifically highlights the significance of FreeSpeak II in his weekly routines, particularly during high-profile events like symphony performances where he’s required to wear a suit. He emphasizes, “FreeSpeak has truly enhanced my quality of life. Its wireless and discreet design seamlessly integrates with my formal attire, ensuring I maintain a polished appearance during these prestigious events. The freedom from cumbersome wires elevates my professionalism while also allowing me to focus on delivering flawless productions.” 

The recent installation of over a dozen FreeSpeak II beltpacks in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center has significantly enhanced communication capabilities. However, it’s important to note that across the entire venue, there are approximately 95 beltpacks in operation. This extensive network ensures seamless coordination among production teams during every performance, supporting the highest standards of excellence.

Michael also remarks that “At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where versatility is paramount, Clear-Com’s communication solutions have been indispensable. The transition to Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II wireless communication system has revolutionized our workflow. The ability to move freely without being tethered by wires during performances has significantly enhanced our efficiency and overall experience.”

Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II wireless communication system offers unparalleled reliability, flexibility, and performance. Designed to meet the diverse needs of multi-use spaces, FreeSpeak II provides seamless communication coverage throughout the venue, ensuring that production teams can collaborate effectively regardless of their location.

“The Kennedy Center’s adoption of Clear-Com products underscores our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that empower production professionals to excel,” said Paul Morini, Regional Sales Manager at Clear-Com. “We are proud to support the Kennedy Center in its mission to inspire and enrich audiences through the power of the performing arts.”

Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II operates on both the 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz bands, providing the flexibility to choose the appropriate frequency depending on regulatory requirements and operational needs. With the ability to support up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks in standalone mode and up to 50 beltpacks in an integrated Eclipse HX® matrix setup, FreeSpeak II offers scalability to accommodate productions of varying size and complexity.

From symphony performances to comedy shows and hip hop concerts, Clear-Com’s communication solutions enable the Kennedy Center to deliver unparalleled experiences to audiences and artists alike. As the Kennedy Center continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression, Clear-Com remains dedicated to providing the tools and support necessary to ensure seamless and unforgettable performances.

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