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Virtual virtuosos breaking down old stigmas

IN TUNE: The Australian Chamber Orchestra's interactive installation, ACO Virtual, is coming to Lismore.
IN TUNE: The Australian Chamber Orchestra's interactive installation, ACO Virtual, is coming to Lismore. Contributed

VIRTUAL virtuosos are breaking down stigmas surrounding the culture of classical music around the country thanks to a ground-breaking, interactive innovation.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra are the brains behind ACO Virtual, which puts the audience in charge of an online orchestra by using an iPad to conduct and listen to individual members of the 17-piece string ensemble.

Manager Phillippa Martin encouraged music enthusiasts and even those who weren't fans of the genre to come and "experience an ACO concert without going to an ACO concert".

"People could just experience the ACO instead of having to sit quietly and not talk and all of those sort of stigmas that come with going to a classical musical concert," Ms Martin said.

"It was a way of really breaking down barriers."

The facility has been embraced as an educational tool with musicians invited to bring their instruments to play with the band.

Ms Martin said teachers raved about the benefits of talking students through the different components of an orchestra.

"It's the sort of thing you could never do in a concert, you can really break it down. I think it's definitely been an educational opportunity for students."

Since its inception in 2013, ACO Virtual has been experienced by more than 85,000 people nationwide.

Topics:  australian chamber orchestra lismore city hall norpa northern rivers music northern star entertainment


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