The San Francisco Symphony joins forces with Cartier to present a unique sensory experience centered around Alexander Scriabin’s poem, “Prometheus, The Poem of Fire.” Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen highlights the timeless tale of Prometheus, emphasizing its relevance in today’s technological age. The collaboration aims to shed light on the positive potential of technology, showcasing its ability to elevate art and enrich human sensory experiences.

Crafted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Cartier’s in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent, the presentation merges music, lighting, and scent cues to immerse audiences in a multisensory concert event.

In Prometheus, The Poem of Fire, Scriabin envisioned a total, synesthetic work of art, where sounds would conjure images, colors, shapes, and smells. For this multisensory production of Prometheus, scent accords created specifically for the performance by Mathilde Laurent, in close collaboration with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Esa-Pekka Salonen, will be delivered during key moments.

How it works:

Discreet devices strategically placed throughout Davies Symphony Hall will diffuse scent during three key moments during the performance of Prometheus. The devices will utilize a dry-air diffusion technique (i.e. non-aerosol), where the air in the room is propelled through capsules infused with fragrances. This performance also incorporates technology specifically designed for this project that combines haze (as used in theatrical productions) and scent formulated for the show. Paired with state-of-the-art lighting technology, which will illuminate the concert hall in vibrant colors aligned with Scriabin’s vision of a color organ, the performances aspire towards transcendence, stirring our collective memory as the mortal beneficiaries of Prometheus’ brazen generosity.

Alongside Scriabin’s work, Béla Bartók’s opera “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” adds depth to the program, featuring acclaimed performers Michelle DeYoung and Gerald Finley.

Completing the experience, special cocktails designed to enhance sensory enjoyment await patrons in the lobby bars. This collaboration invites attendees to explore the intersection of art, technology, and the senses, offering a memorable evening of cultural immersion.


Dates: March 1-3, 2024
Address: Davies Symphony Hall – 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
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