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Experience the LA Philharmonic Orchestra on Gear VR and Oculus Rift

To coincide with the upcoming Immortal Beethoven festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra wanted to something special and unique. So the LA Phil created the VAN Beethoven experience, a travelling truck which features a virtual reality (VR) performance viewed on an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).  

The VAN Beethoven experience is a 4 minute film, recorded in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It allows viewers to enjoy the opening sequence of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in full VR, with some added surprises. The truck even features carpet and chairs from the concert hall for that added feel of immersion and authenticity.

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The truck will be available from September 11th through to October 18th, but only in the greater Los Angeles area. The current list of stops are as follows:

SEP 11 (10AM-3PM) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 11 (6PM-10PM) – Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

SEP 12 (10AM-12AM) – LA County Fair

SEP 13 (10AM-7PM) – Museum Mile near LACMA (Wilshire Blvd. between Spaulding & Curson)

SEP 15 (10AM-4PM) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 16 (5PM-9:30PM) – Hollywood Bowl

SEP 17 (11AM-2PM) – Grand Park (Block 4 Marketplace)

SEP 18 (10AM-3PM) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 18 (6PM-10PM) – Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

SEP 19 (6PM-10PM) – Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

SEP 20 (10AM-6PM) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 22 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 23 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 24 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 26 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

SEP 26 (EVE) – Street Food Cinema Exposition Park

OCT 1 (EVE) – LA Korean Festival / Seoul International Park

OCT 2 (EVE) – LA Korean Festival / Seoul International Park

OCT 3 (EVE) – Brewery Art Walk

OCT 4 (EVE) – Brewery Art Walk

OCT 8 (EVE) – Downtown Artwalk

OCT 9 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

OCT 10 (EVE) – Street Food Cinema Exposition Park

OCT 15 (DAY) – Grand Park

OCT 16 (DAY) – Walt Disney Concert Hall

OCT 16 (EVE) – The Oddmarket @ the Autry

OCT 18 (DAY) – CicLAvia

And for those unable to attend, the VAN Beethoven experience will be available as a free app called Orchestra VR for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR HMD this week.

VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news and announcements regarding VR and report back.