Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 3D StringTheory Experience

Ever wondered what a 3D printed instrument might sound like? On November 4th, the Ottawa Symphony, conducted by Alain Trudel, will present the 3D StringTheory Experience – a concert featuring 3D printed string instruments in the world premiere of Singularity by Harry Stafylakis. The event will take place in Ottawa City Hall. To date, no 3D printed ensemble has ever been featured with orchestra.

In the spirit of the 3D StringTheory project, which marries technology and tradition, artistry and craftsmanship, the musical programme will be presented in a non-traditional format.

The first part of the event will feature chamber ensembles spread throughout the main corridor of City Hall, where the audience will walk from location to location to hear each ensemble play selections of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. This experience of traditional music in an innovative format will be open to all for free or on a “pay-what-you-can” basis.

The second half of the concert will take place in Jean Pigott Hall where there is a ticketed seating area and free/PWYC standing room. The music in this half of the event spans the range of traditional to contemporary beginning with the first piece, J. F. Rebel’s “Les Élémens”, written in 1737. On the other end of the spectrum is the world premiere of Singularity, by Canadian composer Harry Stafylakis which is as new as music can get having been finished only months ago! Singularity, commissioned by the Ottawa Symphony, features an all-woman ensemble on 3D printed instruments accompanied by orchestra.

The instruments played by the soloists were created through a closely-knit collaboration, facilitated by the Ottawa Symphony, and involved Ottawa-based violin maker Charline Dequincey, Creadditive designer Laurent Lacombe, and 3D printing partners at the Industrial Technology Centre in Winnipeg. Invited guests from this team will speak with Trudel between pieces, offering the audience a unique insight into the creation of the instruments and the music written for them.

The octet of soloists includes women who regularly play with the Ottawa Symphony, each with their own story. One of these soloists is Regina, Saskatchewan born, Ottawa based violinist Jessie Ramsay. Jessie first became a part of the OSO as a student mentee when she auditioned in her undergrad to join the violin section of the OSO-uO mentorship program, and she has maintained her position since 2014. Jessie recently completed a Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Ottawa (2018), studying under Yehonatan Berick and Ashley Vandiver. As a founding member of the H.S. String Quartet, Jessie also had the incredible opportunity to perform for members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

According to Jessie, playing music was “a family affair. My parents are both pianists, and all my siblings growing up had to choose an instrument, so music was always a part of the fabric of my life. My Grandma was a huge advocate of me pursuing music, and always reminded me of its importance to me and to the world. Through her support, I have realized how much music can affect me, and how much it can help bring people together, and above all, how happy it could make her.””

In addition to her classical playing, Jessie has also done sessional work for rock and indie music groups at local recording studios and performs with various ensembles around Ottawa. As a musician who enjoys a challenge, Jessie was a perfect fit for the 3D StringTheory project.

If you are interested in attending Ottawa Symphony’s 3D StringTheory Experience, you can purchase tickets on the OSO’s website: www.ottawasymphony.com. Those who cannot make it in person can experience the event from home through the livestream of the performance via the OSO website beginning at 12:15pm on November 4th.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.



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