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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is welcoming its new musical director with a couple of free, history-making concerts.
Saturday, August 3rd, and Sunday, August 4th in Washington Park, the Orchestra will perform what's called Lumenocity 2013.
For the last several months, people have been building 3-d models and taking hundreds of pictures of music hall so they could create a 3-d computer model of the 136-year old building. Every nook and cranny has been meticulously copied.
The copy will be used to create a digital model and that model will be used to project images on music hall to bring it to life. All of this with the musical and inspirational help of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The process is called projection mapping. Dan Reynolds and Steve McGowan of Landor in downtown took Local 12 behind the scenes where their media group is finishing up Lumenocity.
They explain the idea simply as projecting an image onto a 3-dimensional surface and then using that faade you project video onto that surface in such a way that it's hyperactive to the nuances and details of the original surface.
Ok maybe not that simple but the end result is a one of a kind experience that you have to see to believe.
In the hands of trained professionals the video, animation and graphics projected onto a surface, like Music Hall, can trick the eye into thinking the building is alive and moving.
All of this will be choreographed to work with a live performance from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The program includes 40 minutes of familiar, Strauss, Beethoven and Ravel.
This is believed to be the first projection mapping event with a live orchestra.
There is no charge for this event. The evening will open with the Cincinnati Pops led by John Morris Russell and will feature members of the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet.
After a break and once it's dark enough, Louis Langree will take the baton for the first time with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the video show will begin.
The program starts at 8:30 both nights. Up to 20,000 people are expected over the weekend.
Free parking and shuttle service is available from the Cincinnati Museum Center.