The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has formed a world-leading partnership with Adelaide-based company Jumpgate Virtual Reality to present their first project – The Classics Unwrapped Virtual Reality Concert Series.
Thanks to pioneering technology and using state-of-the-art Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headsets audiences can experience 360-degree views of the orchestra and immersive sound.
“It’s a unique experience sitting on stage with the orchestra and conductor standing right in front of you and not something you can do normally. This experience allows you to feel like you’re part of the action, it’s really immersive and truly gets you up close to the music,” ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello said.
The vision is as realistic as it gets – filmed during the ASO’s Classics Unwrapped concert at the Adelaide Town Hall on 6 May 2015. A small camera tree comprising of 14 GoPro cameras was placed in front of conductor Guy Noble, plus another camera at the front of the stage. The concert featured over 60 musicians on stage performing music from Sibelius, Strauss, Hayden and more.
Mr Ciccarello said the project was a really exciting audience development initiative for the orchestra.
“We see it as an opportunity to introduce people to the world of orchestral music mediated by the latest technology. Given that technology is playing such an important role in the delivery of all forms of entertainment, we want to embrace that.”
Mr Ciccarello said the technology could also be used in music education, with students able to experience all aspects of a concert through the headsets, while being directed to pay attention to particular features such as individual instruments or themes.
Members of the public can experience this incredible technology from Monday 20 – Friday 24 July between 12noon – 2pm in Santos Foyer (60 Flinders St, Adelaide). There will be six headsets available each day.
Santos’ Community and Corporate Responsibility Manager John Phalen said, “Santos is proud to support the incredible work of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and we really encourage the public to come along and get involved in this awesome experience!”
Monday 20 July: Sibelius Finlandia
Tuesday 21 July: Strauss On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Wednesday 22 July: Carl Vine Suite from the Tempest: Overture
Thursday 23 July: Haydn Symphony No 83 in G minor – Allegro Spiritoso
Friday 24 July: Mahler Blumine (from Symphony No 1 in D Major)