“The Erie Philharmonic unveiled its Virtual Reality Orchestra Project,” writes Syeda Abbas in Tuesday’s (1/8) YourErie.com (PA). “Imagine putting on a headset and being able to sit directly on the Warner Theatre stage during a concert…. Steve Weiser, Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic, says, ‘it’s fun…. I know what it’s like to be on that stage. I played for the Phil for 3 years; I know the feeling of being surrounded by 100 musicians, but getting to share that with the community is really cool.’ Video for the project was recorded during the 2017-2018 season finale. The Virtual Reality Orchestra provides a 360-degree look at what it’s like to be in the Erie Philharmonic…. When you look to the left, you’ll see someone playing the cello, and the music director right in front of you.… The Philharmonic plans to bring these mobile units to local schools, concerts at the Warner Theatre, and to events across Erie … with the help of White Thorn Digital…. The Virtual Orchestra’s first school visit will be an elementary school in the Erie School District…. The Virtual Orchestra will be available to ticket holders for the Erie Philharmonic’s concert on Saturday, January 26th.”

Posted January 10, 2019

In photo: An orchestra fan experiences the Erie Philharmonic through its new Virtual Reality Orchestra Project.