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For its 85th season, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) made quite an impression by providing the public with a unique and original space dedicated to its history, the artists that have shaped it and the projects that have built its reputation since its founding in 1934.
Welcoming diverse events and temporary installations, Espace OSM opened its doors on January 31, 2019 at Place des Arts, right next to the Maison symphonique. A completely free venue, open to all, it allows the discovery of the OSM in a new light.
Espace OSM is built around the vibrant heart of the Orchestra, offering visitors fascinating interactive experiences, as well as presenting digital and audiovisual artworks about classical music and the history of the OSM.
To bring to light its cultural contributions and the exceptional participation of its artists over the decades, the OSM relied upon Solotech’s Sales and Systems Integration teams and services, another industry-leading Montreal business.
Trusted to deliver smart and interactive technologies, Solotech provided a series of state-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting equipment to make Espace OSM an unprecedented immersive experience.
“The installation includes Bose speakers and amplifiers, Genelec studio monitors, ELO digital signage touchscreens and Sennheiser headsets as well as architectural LED luminaires,” explains Mario Lessard, Project Manager at Solotech.
The OSM offers its audience a new sensorial experience: the virtual reality system, whose audio portion is supported by Solotech, propels the visitors onto the main stage of the Orchestra. Espace OSM has notably created Innere Musik, an immersive portrait of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, bringing the spectator inside and moving through the 6,489pipes and console of the organ along with the audio of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor.
Nathalie Bédard-Morin, Digital Strategy Chief at the OSM, is very satisfied with the results of the audiovisual installation: “As the person responsible for the digital quality of this project, it was essential that the audiovisual equipment make the work of those who shape the Orchestra daily shine, while providing the public with a new, unforgettable experience. Thanks to the advice and suggestions of the Solotech team, Espace OSM is now definitely a unique place in Montreal, attracting more and more visitors by combining the OSM’s historical legacy with an immersion into its musical relevance.”
Cortesy of OSM, photo credit : Jean-Marc Abela