Philharmonia Fantastique is a 25-minute concerto for orchestra & animated film that follows a magical Sprite on a musical journey through the instruments of the orchestra. By the film’s end, the families of the orchestra overcome their differences to demonstrate “unity from diversity” in a spectacular finale.
Philharmonia Fantastique was written by Mason Bates, composer of the Grammy Award-winning opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, in collaboration with multi Academy Award winning Gary Rydstrom, and Academy Award nominated animation director Jim Capobianco.The animated film flies through the instruments of the orchestra to explore the fundamental connections between music, sound, performance, creativity and technology.
The soundtrack won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical.
“A truly magnificent achievement…In the art of marrying music with animation, Philharmonia Fantastique is the biggest step forward since Fantasia itself” – John Williams