Erie Philharmonic honored with Telly Award for virtual-orchestra project

Posted on: May 30, 2019

“The Erie Philharmonic is taking the stage alongside the likes of Disney, Pixar and Google,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (5/28) Times-News (Leighton, PA). “The Philharmonic’s Virtual Orchestra project, created by Erie’s Mega Media Factory, has been awarded a bronze in the 40th annual Telly Awards in the Craft-Use of Virtual Reality category. The Virtual Orchestra gives a viewer wearing an Oculus Rift headset a virtual seat on the stage during a Philharmonic performance recorded with 8K, 360-degree cameras…. ‘To have the Erie Philharmonic name listed in the same category with the likes of Disney and Google is slightly surreal,’ said Steve Weiser, the Philharmonic’s executive director…. Funding for the initiative came from the Erie Community Foundation, Erie Arts & Culture and the Black Family Foundation. Phase two of the project will introduce wireless headsets and the first-ever conduct-along ‘Guitar Hero’ style video game. The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, honor excellence in video and television across all screens. There were more than 12,000 entries from every state and five continents.”

Posted May 30, 2019