Symphonic Theater Of Dreams is a tribute to Dream Theater. A band highly acclaimed in the progressive metal scene for more than two decades.
SToD on Official Dream Theater website
Jordan Rudess speaks on the release of Symphonic Theater Of Dreams
“It's with enormous pleasure that we see the release of STOD's
first album featuring orchestral versions of Dream Theater's music.
It's an honor for us to have these incredibly talented orchestral
musicians dedicating themselves with such passion to the music that we
have written. The orchestrations are really well done and if you are a
fan of Dream Theater's music you will certainly enjoy them!”
SToD creator about debut CD release
"After many years of preparations, many months of composition and
transcription, huge amount of hours spent in the rehearsal rooms and
recording studios, and countless time devoted to caress the material and
We give to your hands, the result of our long-standing, very
demanding, but how fruitful work. I got to know the work of Dream
Theater when I went to second grade school (2003). And I fell in
love with their creativity, passion and virtuosity. Even then, I
dreamed to shake musicians’ hands and thank them for their work. For me,
it was a dream that would never come true.
After many years, living with the thought that the meeting with the
band is virtually impossible,
I decided to thank them – using my love
for composition and arrangement – and create a symphonic tribute to the
group. In 2010, I wanted to realize my idea of creating a short audio,
created with the help of artificial orchestra (VST plug-ins).
Knowing the costs of recording the real orchestra, I had to forget about a professional recording session.
I published my work on YouTube and made the links available on Dream
Theater members’ forums. SToD was received very warmly by the fans, but
subsequent events exceeded my wildest expectations. Mike Portnoy noticed the movies and published
one of them on his social network profiles.
"This looks like it’s gonna
be an EPIC symphonic tribute to DT".
After these words, there was no turning back, but I still could not
believe that the idea and this project actually make sense. I created a
survey to let the fans choose the songs they would like
to hear on the record. I made a selection from between the votes and
at the request of Jordan Rudess I sent him the whole idea of the
project and plans for the months to come.
I invited to the project two incredible men - graphic designer
Stephen van Baalen and the amazing French horn player Marc Papeghin.
Together we created the first demo (Sacrificed Sons
released in September 11th, 2011). The demo was recorded by several
orchestral musicians and VST plug-ins. The number of downloads was so
big that I saw no other way: I wanted to fulfill
my dream - a professional record by the entire symphonic orchestra,
a tribute to the icons of progressive rock. In the second half of
September 2011, I chose a manager of the project - Ms.
We knew very well that this would not be an easy project. Costs and
difficulty of the material implied a huge risk. After many discussions,
we decided that our project must be completed, professionally recorded and released.
In November 2011, we began auditions and preparations for incredibly
demanding recording sessions. Auditions were held in three concert
halls in Gdansk and lasted two months. Recording
sessions began in January and ended in August 2012 (the work was
divided into 4 sessions spread out in time). The recordings took place
in three studios and the realization was overseen
by three sound designers. The team of Symphonic Theater of Dreams
consists of about 80 people. Special guests from the USA, France,
Germany and the Netherlands are involved in our
We would like to thank you for all the years of incredible support
and your patience. We appreciate very much the fact that you are with us
for so long, and you believe in us and the success of our crazy idea.
Our project is no ordinary instrumentation, rewriting note to note, and
mapping perfectly the original idea of Dream Theater. SToD is a project
that is limited only by imagination.
It’s our passion, our unique interpretation and love for music,
which in our case is classical music progressive rock/metal synesthesia.
The result of this merger is left to your opinion...
We invite you to listen to an extremely complex tribute to Dream
Theater - beautiful themes, powerful guitar riffs, "impossible" solos
presented by the symphonic orchestra Sinfonietta Consonus under the
direction of Ariel Ludwiczak and me.
With huge thanks,