It's a whole new way of seeing the symphony, and these videos take you behind the scenes
Stream 'Symphony for Montréal' on CBC Music — but first, go behind the scenes of this original show
It's a brand new symphony that was written just for Montreal, and over on CBC Music you can stream a live recording of the entire thing. While you listen, though, you might not realize something about the "Symphony for Montreal."
The event, which featured the world premiere of Samy Moussa's original symphony "Concordia," was performed by more than just the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Amidst the woodwinds and strings and horns et al, there was a "visual instrument" playing with the orchestra. Dancers appeared in 3D, towering from stage to ceiling, and conductor Kent Nagano's every gesture was interpreted in real-time through dazzling, animated visualizations. These projections, which appeared on screens surrounding the musicians, were the work of Montreal's Moment Factory — a multimedia studio better known for their work in pop music, not classical. They're the masterminds behind Celine Dion's Vegas show, and you'll have seen their face-melting video work if you've bought a ticket to see Madonna, Nine Inch Nails or the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the last few years. And in these behind-the-scenes videos, created by their team, you'll get a sense of how this latest live music event came together.