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August 19, 2006

Virtual orchestra opens in London

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Virtual orchestra opens in London

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

A virtual orchestra opened in London on August 19th 2006 outside the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. But unlike a normal orchestra, this one features 58 specially designed cube-shaped seats which activate a musicical note. As more people sit down on the seats, more of the score is revealed.

The music will be added to an online sample library. Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of South Bank Centre, said: “This is exactly the way we are looking at developing our site by fusing the community with the artistic world of ideas and technology in our many versatile spaces.”

Alistair Mackie, chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: “Central to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s vision is exploiting new media to take music out to the widest possible audience, breaking down the barriers which have stood in the way of their access and enjoyment.”

Bethany, aged 10, went to the orchestra launch and she said: “It is a good experience. You get to see what it’s like to be in a real orchestra.” One of the main aims of the virtual orchestra is to get more people interested in classical music.

Every Saturday, a musician from the Philharmonic Orchestra will be visiting and they will bring their sound recording equipment.

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June 11, 2006

Opening day of the 56th Bad Hersfeld Festival

Opening day of the 56th Bad Hersfeld Festival

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Walk-Act downtown on opening day of the Bad Hersfeld Festival

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Bad Hersfeld, Germany — During a ceremonial act the 56th Bad Hersfeld Festival opened in Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld, yesterday afternoon.

Manager of the festival Elke Hesse and mayor Hartmut H. Boehmer presented the welcoming speech. The Viennese Elke Hesse is the first woman who runs the festival. The Hessian minister of state delivered the greeting of the provincial government and chairman of Federal Dr. Norbert Lammert spoke to the audience. They characterised the cultural importance of the festival.

First premiere was the classic of Goethes „Faust“ on the very same evening. Further premieres are „Dreigroschenoper“ from Bertolt Brecht, The Taming of the Shrew from William Shakespeare, „Das Spiel von Liebe und Zufall“ from Pierre de Marivaux an the childrens act Town Musicians of Bremen from Brothers Grimm. Supplemented by classical music concerts in the afternoon, the theater performances take place in the evening until August 6, 2006.

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