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Mercury


 

 

 

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Mercury's Astrological Sign

The Roman God of Commerce

The Sun's Astrological Sign.

Captivate Your Audience with Amazing NASA Images and Animations of Our Solar System.

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Venus's Astrological Sign

Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty

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Voyage of Discovery 2

Voyage of Discovery 2 will take your audience on a journey through space in our award winning real-time Animation for Holst’s “The Planets”. This latest edition adds breathtaking NASA animations and stills in a High Definition presentation. All sequenced backstage and timed perfectly to your live performance.

Watch as the Mars Rover travels through space, soft lands on Mars and begins to explore. View real NASA satellite photos of an actual Mars tornado. See animations of the surface of Mercury, solar flares hitting Venus, Jupiter’s Big Red Spot, Saturn’s rings close up and much more.

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Martian Astrological Sign

Roman God of War

Earth

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Earth's Astrological Sign

Our Home

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Your Host Dr. Norman Thagard

Now featuring introductions by Dr. Norman Thagard, M.D., the first NASA astronaut to journey into space aboard a Russian vehicle. These introductions combine historical information about Gustav Holst, the premiere performance of "The Planets Suite," and Holst's mystical view of the planets. Each introduction mixes mythic and scientific information in a documentary format to prepare the audience for a journey in our solar system.

The introductions are optional and can be turned ON or OFF for your performance. You can also choose which movements of "Voyage of Discovery 2" to include in your concert. You can perform only certain sections for shorter performances. For example, you could perform only Mars and Jupiter for a school performance.

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Jupiter's Astrological Sign

The King of the Roman Gods

Birth of a Star

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Testimonials

“Our season finale performance of Voyage of Discovery 2 was incredible, we are so glad we used it. Thank you again!… the software was absolutely essential to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 39th season final performances. Our patrons enjoyed an enhanced experience of Holst's powerful music in tandem with the real, visual representations of the planets. It was incredible to see NASA footage as the music swelled dramatically,

We were so pleased to receive may comments of praise and we would gladly use the software again to bring our music, and the planets, to life.”

Christina Beningfield

Marketing Officer, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

"...The deep musical pleasures of this particular performance were greatly intensified by the three-screen projections of richly detailed planetary images. Listeners became entranced viewers, puzzling over the threads winding across Venus's surface..."

Bryce Christensen

Press for Orchestra of Southern Utah

“The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra had a great experience with The Planets ... The response of the Friday night Classics audience was so positive that when the box office phones rang off the hook on Saturday, we elected to belatedly add the video into Saturday. The video while extremely engaging allows the great music of Holst to stay front and center which was exactly our goal. Thanks for all of your assistance in making this happen.”

Richard Decker

Vice President and General Manager, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

“Our Planets Presentation was a smashing success . . . it was sensational! People loved it and some said they were even in tears it was so beautiful. We sold lots of single tickets to first time Symphony attendees and had a record crowd at the performance, some coming over 200 miles to see the production. There was such an excitement in the audience which far exceeded our normal concerts.”

Nancy Marvin

Manager, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

“Video Ideas animation images were not only beautiful planetary images in and of themselves, but... actually enhanced the audience's appreciation of the beautiful music rather than distract or visually overwhelm the viewer. The proof was three nearly sold out houses giving rousing standing ovations...”

Alan Silow

Executive Director, Santa Rosa Symphony

“From the technical operations end... I could not have dreamed of a better product...”

Michael Hooper

Manager, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra

"There was an unmistakable buzz in the air at intermission, the audience clearly engaged and thrilled to be present at what was a remarkable event at the orchestra. With program such as this, the CPO is well positioned expand its audience base. The seats were full, despite the competing National Hockey League game, a sign of an audience happy with what they are hearing, and on this occasion, seeing."

Kenneth Delong

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, excerpt from The Calgary Herald

"The Spokane Symphony and the women of the Symphony Chorale soared to space this weekend. The concert was a visual and sonic spectacular with the music of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and photographs...It was no mere slide show, but a computer controlled program of photographs keyed to changes in Holst’s score..."

Travis Rivers

The Spokesman Review, Spokane Symphony

"It is with pleasure that I recommend the 3D Real-time Animation for The Planets Suite by Video Ideas..."

Sara Penny

Grants Officer/Historian Orchestra of Southern Utah

"Everyone spoke very highly and the attendance was larger than we expected. The program was very easy to use and I would recommend it to other orchestras."

Janice Bennett

Executive Director, Springfield Symphony Orchestra

"The use of Video Ideas’ Planets production by the Virginia Symphony was well received by our audience, donors and musicians!"

Richard B. Naylor

General Manager, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Extras & Options

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Neptune's Astrological Sign

Roman God of the Sea

Customized TV & Radio Spots

We can customize a TV and/or a radio spot to use when promoting your performance on local broadcast stations.
This "TV SPOT" will be modified to add your Symphony Name and the Dates and Times of your performance. We will send you a finished file that you supply to your broadcast station that will be running your spots. Contact us for pricing and more information about this advertising tool.

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Saturn's Astrological Sign

Roman God of Agriculture

Special Edition Performance DVD

Experience the uncanny illusion of piloting a space ship while listening to this truly symphonic spectacle. Soaring horns will give thrust as you make your journey through the solar system while strings will slow your vessel to let you enjoy the grandeur of each planet up close and view select NASA images. Purchase a copy of this one-of-a-kind DVD and experience The Planets in your own home!

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Uranus's Astrological Sign

Greek God of the Heavens

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View a version of the TV spot.
A Fully Customizable 30 Second TV Spot

Interesting Facts about the Planets

Our Sun

99.86% of the solar system’s mass is from the Sun. The rest (0.14%) is contained within the system’s 8 planets.

Mercury

A day on the surface of Mercury lasts 176 Earth days. A year on Mercury takes 88 Earth days.

 

Venus

Venus rotates in the opposite direction to most other planets. This is also know as a retrograde rotation.

Earth

Earth has a powerful magnetic field. It's caused by the nickel-iron core of the planet, and its rapid rotation.

Mars

Mars has the tallest mountain in the solar system. Olympus Mons this shield volcano is 21km high and 600km in diameter.

Jupiter

The Babylonians were the first to record their sightings of Jupiter. This was around the 8th century BC.

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Saturn is the flattest planet, this is due to its low density and fast rotation.

Uranus

Uranus hits the coldest temperatures of any planet. With minimum atmospheric temperature of -224°C.

Neptune

Neptune has 14 moons. The most interesting one is Triton, it spews out nitrogen ice and dust from below its surface.

The Sun's Astrological Sign.
The Sun's Astrological Sign.

Below are Orchestras that have Used this Program.

Performance Licensing Information

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The Applications

The real-time animation sequence application. This requires a recent high quality desktop or laptop computer for playback. The monitor output of the computer is fed to a video projector for presentation on a large screen positioned over the orchestra. The computer and projection system is not included with the package.

 The Solar System Explorer (a.k.a. "lobby application") which you can run on as many computers as you wish in the lobby before the performance and during intermission. (The computers and montiors are not included in the package.)

Optional Materials

OPTIONAL - A customized 30 second TV spot with the dates and times of your
performances. Click HERE to view a version of the TV spot.
OPTIONAL - High Definition video introductions to each of the movements by Dr. Norm Thagard, M.D., a retired NASA astronaut. Dr. Thagard's narration begins with history of "The Planets Suite" and includes descriptions and fascinating facts about each of the planets.

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Training DVD & Score

A "training" DVD which contains all the movements being sequenced to the music. This allows the user to watch the video while listening to the musical performance and "sequence" the application running on their computer. The user can then practice the sequencing with the video as a reference.

The Planets score marked with all the cue points and information about the animated sequences that occur at that cue.

Full Technical & Marketing Support

Phone support for performance issues and advice.
Other support materials as a guide to help publicize and market your performance.

For more licensing and information contact:

Jerry Waddell at
423.894.2677 - 423.488.9262 mobile - jerryw@videoideas.com

View Photos taken from Voyage of Discovery 2

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS