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St Stephen’s celebrates with a Symphony of Light and Sound

St Stephen’s celebrates with a Symphony of Light and Sound

St Stephen’s celebrates with a Symphony of Light and Sound


Located in Passau, a town in Bavaria, St Stephen’s Cathedral was developed in the 17th century by Italian Baroque masters and catches the eye along the local skyline to this day. The cathedral’s visuals were further boosted recently when GF Bühnenfabrik oversaw the delivery of a multimedia spectacle, Symphony of Light and Sound, which celebrated the 350th anniversary of St Stephen’s.

A video mapping production beamed onto the building’s façade, Symphony of Light and Sound told the cathedral’s story, as well as that of the documents and architecture within. The event also incorporated Christian music to help immerse viewers as they were transported through time, seeing the church as it stood at various points in its history.

‘We’ve been working with the cathedral for a while but this is the first time we have been commissioned on an outdoor projection of this magnitude and on a show with such a long run,’ explained Harry Pillmayer, project manager for GF Bühnenfabrik. ‘We were looking for a compact, high-performance projector with matching optics and turned to Digital Projection’s local event-distribution partner ETHA International, a specialist professional AV distributor here in Germany.’

ETHA International specified Digital Projection’s M-Vision Laser 18K for the project, with 18,000 lumens of output and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. ‘Thanks to its high brightness output and performance, a single projector allowed us to map the entire cathedral to deliver a pristine show which exceeded the expectations from the event organiser,’ revealed Digital Projection’s VP of marketing, Mark Wadsworth. Content was delivered to the projector from a laptop and Blackmagic Studio Pro HD production switcher.

The show proved extremely popular, with an average of 1,500 people estimated to have arrived per week. ‘We were staggered by the number of people who have come to see the show,’ said Pillmayer. ‘The peak was Art Night in Passau, where we welcomed an incredible 5,000 spectators. According to local press, people came in droves to the cathedral square every Friday to experience the audiovisual spectacular. Numerous spectators even went to see the show several times.’

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