Under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, the user will be able to classical music from within and feel like a musician for free
‘Symphony’ arrives in Murcia, a virtual journey to the heart of classical music. For the first time, the viewer will be able to position themselves
in the middle of a symphony orchestra in this immersive experience cutting-edge based on virtual reality technology, which after its premiere last September at CosmoCaixa (Barcelona),
arrives in Murcia within the framework of a tour that will visit a hundred cities in Spain and Portugal for ten years.
‘Symphony’ is made up of two mobile units that unfold on Avenida de la Libertad and become two rooms of one hundred square meters each. In the first one, you can see a panoramic film that introduces the viewer to this journey and guides them only through sounds. The second unit is dedicated to living the virtual reality experience.
When the spectator puts on the glasses, they will see how, suddenly, their environment has changed. Now he is in the Gran Teatro del Liceo, sitting on a chair and the teacher Gustavo Dudamel, soul of the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, welcomes him. Then you will see
surrounded by more than one hundred musicians from the prestigious Mahler Chamber Orchestra, all keeping silence, waiting for the direction of the conductor, who will energetically give the entrance of the ‘Fifth Symphony’ by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The famous four notes that start this symphony mark the beginning of the experience.
The spectator will see the musicians distributed around the stage in their usual way, by families of strings, wind, metal, percussion, and will feel them very close in a real way, as well as fully experience the energy and the gaze of the director, situated right in front of him. This musical experiment will allow you to turn your head from side to side and up and down to acquire new views and perspectives of a symphony orchestra and its instrumentalists.
This itinerant project devised and promoted by the Fundación la Caixa, in collaboration with the Murcia City Council, offers the user an emotionally active listening: thanks to the
360º camera position changes within the orchestra, the viewer will hear and feel the music in a new and surprising way and will experience the different families of instruments.
entrance to the environment is free and has limited capacity. The experience will be in the city from October 14 to November 8. Access hours are from Monday to Friday and passes are made every 45 minutes.
The mayor of Murcia, José Antonio Serrano; the Councilor for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Pedro García Rex; the Territorial Director of CaixaBank in the Region of Murcia, Olga García; the Territorial Delegate of the ‘la Caixa’ Foundation in the Region of Murcia, Lourdes Toribio; and the project advisor, Marcel Gorgori, presented this Wednesday ‘Symphony’, a virtual journey to the heart of classical music.
For the Councilor for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Pedro García Rex “it is a first-class cultural activity that places Murcia as a national benchmark. The Department of Culture is promoting an open cultural proposal, with a comprehensive vision, sensitive to new trends and close, betting on transferring art and culture to the streets, squares and public spaces of our city and our districts » , said the mayor of Culture.
The ‘Symphony’ project is a pedagogical, cultural and playful experience designed for all audiences from the age of 8, which does not include physical movement by the user, since its main objective is to encourage listening to music. Due to the VR technology itself and, as a recommendation, there are some restrictions, such as those under 8 years of age and people with epilepsy or vertigo, among others.