GENEVA, December 21, 2023 – The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is delighted to announce that it will be giving the first hologram symphony concert ever recorded. As part of the 12th edition of the artgenève fair, which will take place from 25 to 28 January 2024, 73 musicians will take virtual shape to perform the Pictures at an Exhibition by Moussorgski. This is a first for the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which is exploring new ways of broadcasting classical music and reaching new audiences.

In collaboration with the company Cybel’Art, the Orchestra was filmed and captured from every angle: while performing the iconic piece of the classical repertoire: the majestic Pictures at an Exhibition by the composer Modest Moussorgski, in the biggest Theatre of Switzerland, the Théâtre de Beaulieu. Gestures, facial expressions, bow movements, silences – everything was captured using motion capture, a technology that can easily record the positions of the musicians and transposes them virtually. It is the first time that this extremely precise and meticulous technology and set design are used to film for a symphony orchestra. In 1954, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande was a pioneer in this field, making the very first symphonic stereophonic recording under the baton of its conductor and founder Ernest Ansermet. 70 years later, in 2024, the OSR is once again the first symphony orchestra to experiment with a new means of broadcasting.

The matrix recorded in September 2023 will be used to develop an innovative online teaching module (accessible from the OSR website), enabling the public to interact with the Orchestra and discover the world of the OSR in a way that no other orchestra offers to date. The Orchestra is currently studying the possibilities to develop an application using a virtual reality headset, to enable a very wide audience – including “hindered” audiences – to experience the OSR in a different and immersive way.

Several performances of this first hologram symphony concert will be given as part of the artgenève fair taking place in Geneva from 25 to 28 January 2024.

Invented by Cybel’Art in 2019, the Icologram® technology is a revolutionary protocol in digital art and holography. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande’s icologram was created to embody the potential of extended reality (XR) and holography in symphonic music. This innovation now paves the way for immersive, cutting-edge symphonic experiences, marking not only a milestone in ArtTech but also redefining the way we experience music.

Recording of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, in September 2023, at the Théâtre de Beaulieu, in Lausanne.

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