Between Realities

Concert Night Mahler Chamber Orchestra: Future Presence

Concert Installation

Maolina Visuals

© Maolina Visuals

Geoffroy Schied

© Geoffroy Schied

Tickets

Ticket Prices

28 Euros, reduced 18 Euros


The curated concert night lasts four hours and offers a varied programme that invites visitors to experience different concert formats both analogously and virtually.

All VR installations last approx. 10 minutes, capacities are limited. The date for the visit of the VR installation "Mendelssohn Orchestra" will be selected when booking the ticket, additional dates will be offered on 8 and 9 April.


Important note
VR glasses are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

VR glasses and controllers can affect nearby electronic devices, so people with pacemakers should only use the VR glasses after consulting a doctor. This also applies to heavily pregnant women and those with epilepsy or seizures.

 

We continuously adapt our hygiene concept to current developments and changing regulations. Please inform yourself about the applicable hygiene measures before your visit.

An immersive concert experience situated between analogue and virtual space makes up the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s concert project “Between Realities” on Easter Monday. Together with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and sound specialist Henrik Oppermann/Schallgeber, the orchestra explores space and sound at the interface of different levels of reality, raising questions concerning the “realism” of a performance as well as dreams, imagination and fantasy. A special focus lies on Mendelssohn Bartholdy's suite from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, which the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performs not only live, but also for the first time in a virtual reality performance.

Over the course of a long concert night, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra presents works by composers including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Charles Ives and Nico Muhly. The analogue concerts are complemented by the VR installations “Future Presence I, II & III”, which invite audiences to draw closer to the music of Mozart, Ives and Mendelssohn Bartholdy than ever before: with the aid of VR glasses and headsets, audience members can freely move around (or through/over/under) the ensemble, thereby expanding and rediscovering the process of listening.

Cast

By and with
Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Violin
Pekka Kuusisto

Concertmaster
Afanasy Chupin

3D Sound Sepcialist
Henrik Oppermann / Schallgeber

Biographien

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.
The orchestra is constantly on the move in search of the next musical horizon. It has, to date, performed in over 40 countries across five continents. It is governed collectively by its management team and orchestra board; decisions are made democratically with the participation of all musicians. The MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres, reflects the MCO’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Co-Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the 23/24 season. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the season of 22/23, Kuusisto will celebrate important debuts as a soloist, i.a. with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,  as well as a conductor, i.a. with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Philharmonia and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. He started learning to play the violin at the age of 3 and began performing with a symphony orchestra at 5. In 2002, with support from Lions Club, he performed his first solo concerts in Europe. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy Chupin was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster. Together with musicAeterna, Afanasiy Chupin has taken part in a number of international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the RUHRtriennale, the Klara Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the “Territory” festival, and the Diaghilev Festival. Afanasiy Chupin takes an active part in studio work: he prepared several musicAeterna recordings for publishing via the SONY label.

Henrik Oppermann is a leading 3D sound specialist, bringing with him over 15 years experience in recording studio-quality audio on location for film, advertising, music industry clients and 3D sound installations. Oppermann has worked on over 150 VR and AR projects, capturing 3D audio in a number of challenging environments including low flying military aircrafts, formula one race cars, refugee camps, mountain peaks and concert halls around the world. An expert in his field, Oppermann has developed hardware and software audio applications as well as workflows for VR collaboration with leading sound partners, to deliver the best possible immersive sound. He is the founder and director of Schallgeber and is Head of Sound at the Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Audio Team.

Programme

Concert
With works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Charles Ives, Nico Muhly a.o.

VR-Installations
„Future Presence I: Mozart Quintet“
„Future Presence II: Ives Ensemble“
„Future Presence III: Mendelssohn Orchestra“ (World Premiere VR-Experience)

Credits

Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

"Future Presence" is a collaboration between the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Henrik Oppermann/Schallgeber,
Artistic Partner for Immersive Experiences.

 

Media partners: taz. die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, ExBerliner and Rausgegangen.

An immersive concert experience situated between analogue and virtual space makes up the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s concert project “Between Realities” on Easter Monday. Together with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and sound specialist Henrik Oppermann/Schallgeber, the orchestra explores space and sound at the interface of different levels of reality, raising questions concerning the “realism” of a performance as well as dreams, imagination and fantasy. A special focus lies on Mendelssohn Bartholdy's suite from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, which the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performs not only live, but also for the first time in a virtual reality performance.

Over the course of a long concert night, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra presents works by composers including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Charles Ives and Nico Muhly. The analogue concerts are complemented by the VR installations “Future Presence I, II & III”, which invite audiences to draw closer to the music of Mozart, Ives and Mendelssohn Bartholdy than ever before: with the aid of VR glasses and headsets, audience members can freely move around (or through/over/under) the ensemble, thereby expanding and rediscovering the process of listening.

Cast

By and with
Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Violin
Pekka Kuusisto

Concertmaster
Afanasy Chupin

3D Sound Sepcialist
Henrik Oppermann / Schallgeber

Biographies

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.
The orchestra is constantly on the move in search of the next musical horizon. It has, to date, performed in over 40 countries across five continents. It is governed collectively by its management team and orchestra board; decisions are made democratically with the participation of all musicians. The MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres, reflects the MCO’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.

Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Co-Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the 23/24 season. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the season of 22/23, Kuusisto will celebrate important debuts as a soloist, i.a. with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,  as well as a conductor, i.a. with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Philharmonia and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. He started learning to play the violin at the age of 3 and began performing with a symphony orchestra at 5. In 2002, with support from Lions Club, he performed his first solo concerts in Europe. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy Chupin was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster. Together with musicAeterna, Afanasiy Chupin has taken part in a number of international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the RUHRtriennale, the Klara Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the “Territory” festival, and the Diaghilev Festival. Afanasiy Chupin takes an active part in studio work: he prepared several musicAeterna recordings for publishing via the SONY label.

Henrik Oppermann is a leading 3D sound specialist, bringing with him over 15 years experience in recording studio-quality audio on location for film, advertising, music industry clients and 3D sound installations. Oppermann has worked on over 150 VR and AR projects, capturing 3D audio in a number of challenging environments including low flying military aircrafts, formula one race cars, refugee camps, mountain peaks and concert halls around the world. An expert in his field, Oppermann has developed hardware and software audio applications as well as workflows for VR collaboration with leading sound partners, to deliver the best possible immersive sound. He is the founder and director of Schallgeber and is Head of Sound at the Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Audio Team.

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