"la Caixa" Foundation presents Symphony, a virtual reality project featuring Gustavo Dudamel, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and 41 young musicians from across the globe.
The state-of-the-art audiovisual project places viewers in the middle of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dudamel, as they perform works by Beethoven, Mahler and Bernstein. It will be premiered in CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, and then will begin a ten-year tour which will include a hundred towns and cities in Spain and Portugal.
Symphony will tour via two mobile pop-up cinemas, each more than three-hundred square feet when expanded. The first cinema will screen a panoramic film which explores the unifying power of music through three young musicians in Colombia, New York and on the Mediterranean coast, and how each of them is connected with the sounds and music of their environment.
The second unit is dedicated to living the virtual reality experience, where spectators will put on 3D glasses and find themselves seated in the Gran Teatro del Liceo, and Gustavo Dudamel greeting them. Then they will be placed amidst the musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, sitting in silence until Dudamel signals the famous opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
More than 250 people worked and collaborated to make this project a reality, from the luthier David Bagué to the 60 mentors of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the 41 young artists from the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, whose mission is to expand access to music and the arts for young people by providing tools and opportunities to shape their creative futures. These young musicians represent the citizens of 22 countries across five continents (coming from the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, Norway, Venezuela, Colombia, Korea, Sweden, France and Argentina). The mentors and mentees performed together with Dudamel, bringing life to these masterpieces of the classical repertoire. In addition, more than 150 professionals were involved in the teams engaged in the creative, production, and postproduction elements.
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Barcelona, 15 Sept – 8 Oct
Santander, 15 Oct – 11 Nov
Valladolid, 17 Nov – 15 Dec