The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra announced last week that they will perform the first symphony dedicated to the metaverse: The Metaverse Symphony by Elliot Leung. The Hong Kong composer’s symphonic work will be performed simultaneously in the concert hall and the metaverse in May 2023.
This is a first for the world of classical music in the metaverse. Under a program called art techthe Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra announced that their first project is the premiere of a work commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center by composer Elliot Leung and that the latter will be played simultaneously in the concert hall of Hong Kong’s cultural center but also in the metaverse, with Artifact Labs – an independent body whose main mission is “preserve and make history connected” through blockchain and NFT technology – in the month of May 2023. This is the first symphonic work played in the metaverse.
Technological innovations can lead the arts of all kinds to new perspectives. HK Phil is proud to present its very first program art tech, connecting budding composer Elliot Leung with our esteemed partners to create the first metaverse-inspired symphony. Along this path, we are committed to exploring the world of music with innovative and creative use of technology.
– Benedikt Fohr, Managing Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic (HK Phil)
This show takes place in the metaverse – in The Sandbox – in the heart of a hobby by Artifact Labs from Statue Square, a pedestrian square located in the center of Hong Kong. Along with this, an educational program around the metaverse, digital art and symphonic music will be created to interest the younger generation but also art lovers.
Besides that, Hong Kong artist Henry Chu will create a digital artwork that will be projected in the concert hall but also in the metaverse.