Gonzalo Farias, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor

Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is an animated film that flies through the instruments of the orchestra to explore the age-old connection of creativity and technology. This collaboration between composer and DJ Mason Bates, director and sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and animator Jim Capobianco is guided by a magical sprite who makes violin strings vibrate, brass valves slice air, and drumheads resonate.  Imaginatively blending traditional and modern animation styles, it is a kinetic and cutting-edge guide to the orchestra.  By the film’s end, the orchestra overcomes its differences to demonstrate “unity from diversity” in a spectacular finale.