Sf Symphony 100 Year

Interior projection mapping with symphony orchestra.

  • Dates: December 12, 2011
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Role: Interactive Developer
  • Collaborators:
    • Obscura Digital
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Obscura Digital completed the architectural projections for the San Francisco Symphony’s 100 Year Anniversary Gala, “Fanfare for a New Century”. Over 2,700 attendees came to see our augmentation of the interior of Davies Symphony Hall with a architecturally aligned video canvas.

The bill for this ’11-’12 season opener included Copland’s 1938 Billy the Kid Ballet Suite, Lang Lang on the piano for Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Itzhak Perlman’s performance of his famed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Opus 64, Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Opus 34.

Obscura visuals lined the walls during the pre-performance audience seating and intermission. But the real spectacle of the night was our accompaniment to the encore of John Adams’ Short Ride on a Fast Machine. This piece consisted of a fly-through of San Francisco starting from satellite views down to a tour of its most famous landmarks. Shots of driving across the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, and of abstract driving scenes, were timed along with the orchestral performance, creating a stunning tribute to the orchestra and composer to whom they have been so closely linked.