In conjunction with the Immortal Beethoven festival that kicked off the 2015/16 Walt Disney Concert Hall season, the LA Phil launched an ambitious and widely acclaimed virtual reality app, Orchestra VR, and brought it to the city of Los Angeles and beyond with the VAN Beethoven tour. From September 11 through October 24, 2015, a mobile viewing station equipped with six virtual reality headsets appeared at more than 30 locations in the greater L.A. area, reaching ten thousand people.
Orchestra VR is the first virtual reality experience produced by the LA Phil, and one of the first of its kind in the world. Be transported to our iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall for a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.
Download and experience Orchestra VR for free! Search for “Orchestra VR” in the Samsung Gear VR store, Oculus Share, or YouTube.
Part of LA Phil's Immortal Beethoven Festival
VAN Beethoven was part of the LA Phil’s Immortal Beethoven festival. Over two weeks, Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela presented two complete cycles of Beethoven’s nine symphonies to open the 2015/16 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
VAN Beethoven was generously supported by The James Irvine Foundation and The David C. Bohnett Presidential Fund for Discovery and Innovation.
WINNER: Webby Awards 2016, VR: Cinematic or Pre-Rendered
WINNER: Webby Awards 2016, People's Choice, VR: Cinematic or Pre-Rendered
WINNER: 3D Film & Music Festival 2015, Virtual Reality
“This is the larger promise of virtual reality, realized.”
“It goes beyond simple panoramic video and delivers a truly immersive music experience.”
“…a blend of timeless music and cutting-edge technology”
– Fast Company
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