UBS Virtual Maestro
For those of you who enjoyed the Virtual Conductor in the Haus der Musik in Vienna, the UBS Virtual Maestro might be right up your street. This new invention has been touring the concert halls in America, giving audiences an opportunity to conduct their own version of famous pieces, such as Barber's Adagio for Strings and Rossini's William Tell Overture. The set-up is a 42-inch plasma TV screen and a large speaker, both hooked up to a Nintendo Wii running special Virtual Maestro software. The player uses the wireless Wii remote as if it were a baton, and guides the orchestra's tempo.
A European tour is planned this autumn and perhaps one day, you might end up conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra from the comfort of your own home!
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