The minimum requirements are simply a screen, and a projector capable of displaying an image sufficiently bright for the given screen dimensions. Because the visuals are performed live during the performance, the conductor has no additional tasks and can focus entirely on the orchestra.
Since visuals for The Planets include the black of space, it is necessary for the concert hall to be made as dark as possible. This means the musicians must perform with the aid of stand lights. A spotlight on the conductor is typically necessary for the musicians' benefit. It is recommended that the orchestra rehearse with light stands and visuals at least once before the performance.
The video feed is supplied by a laptop computer that can output HDMI, DVI, and VGA signals.
While all the visuals are in high-definition (1080p) and an HD projector is preferred, in practice an HD projector not a requirement unless the screen is very large. However, increased projector brightness and color fidelity significantly enhance the experience for the audience. If available, rear-projection is preferred as this allows the laptop to be located on-stage with a clear view of the conductor.
New for 2017: A choice of two synchronized DMX light show programs are now available for The Planets. The first adds simple color washes for each movement and occasional use of light effects. The second has numerous effects matched to the visuals and is suitable for immersive experiences where light fixtures are placed throughout the auditorium. To see a demonstration of the lighting effects, click here:
Live, visual accompaniments for Holst's Planets and Mussorgsky's Pictures. Dvorák 9 to premiere in 2017
Next Performance: The Planets with the Lima Symphony Orchestra: October 14