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The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360

11.6.2018 9:38

Better than the front row –

Take your seat onstage, right in front of Esa-Pekka Salonen!

Experience the third movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony like never before: through virtual reality headsets and headphones 

Helsinki Art Museum HAM invites you into the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Find out what it feels like to be inside one of the world’s greatest orchestras. As you turn your head, the 3D audio and video allow you to fully experience the nuances of each instrumental section, with sound so detailed you will even hear the score pages turning!

Be transported onto the platform in the centre of the orchestra as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducts a performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony.

This 360-degree experience brings you closer to the inner workings of a symphony orchestra than ever before. No matter your age, whether you are a seasoned concertgoer or entirely new to classical music, be sure to find yourself standing in awe!

As Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra said: “The incredible power of virtual reality is that it is disappointing to leave it – to come back to reality. There is no doubt that for classical music virtual reality will be a very powerful, useful medium, and I am very excited to be taking part in this project.”

The Virtual Orchestra is produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra in collaboration with Inition and Southbank Centre. The project was conceived by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Executive Producer & Curator of side events: MiklagårdArts

The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360 / HAM Helsinki Art Museum 16.-29.8.2018 / Free entrance

Official partners: The City of Helsinki,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and MiklagårdArts.

A Rendezvous with Immersive Technology

To an ever-greater extent, industries are recognizing the potential immersive technology has to engage audiences in new and meaningful ways. This is a drastic change, sure to affect also the arts and cultural institutions. As Finland positions itself at the virtual frontline, there is a growing need to demonstrate ever more innovative engagement strategies. Increasing numbers of high-profile arts institutions and ensembles all over the world are using AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality) to attract younger audiences in the digital age. Finland is host to a vibrant start-up ecosystem and innovative companies specializing in immersive technology. While Finnish developers are keen to connect with the content creators of the cultural sector, arts institutions seek to explore the new possibilities uncovered by immersive technology.

During the time period of The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360 installation, the Helsinki Art Museum HAM organises a series of participatory side events curated by MiklagårdArts to link cutting-edge Finnish technology developers with the arts and cultural institutions, to inspire divergent thinking and map out new scenarios for the future.

Curator of the side-events: MiklagårdArts

More detailed programme will be announced soon.

In collaboration with Cultural Centres of the City of Helsinki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Aalto University Experience Platform, Aalto University Digi Platform, Demos Helsinki, Finnish Virtual Reality Association, University of the Arts, Sibelius Academy and LYFTA.