The list of firsts associated with The Philadelphia Orchestra is long and legendary. From musical firsts (premieres of The Rite of Spring and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony) to technological breakthroughs (first orchestra to make electrical recordings; first major orchestra to cybercast live on the internet). Now we add another cutting-edge achievement: The Philadelphia Orchestra is a prominent part of the latest mind-blowing project from the Google Cultural Institute. It’s creating 360-degree videos of performances by the Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Paris Opera Ballet, among dozens of other world-renowned institutions. The Orchestra gets prominent play in The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer coverage of the Google initiative, singled out for its pulse-pounding rendition of Grieg’s "In The Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt at Carnegie Hall in October. Even better: That performance, as captured by Google’s cameras-in-the-round, is highlighted and linked in the article. If you’ve ever wondered what an amazing concert looks like to the wonderful musicians who make this magic ... check it out here. (And there’s more on the Google Cultural Institute here). Bravo!