Mason Bates’ New Concerto & Animated Movie to Premiere in Might

Creators Mason Bates, Gary Rydstrom, and Jim Capobianco


The 25-minute concerto for orchestra and animated movie, entitled Philharmonia Fantastique, is a collaboration between composer and DJ Mason Bates, Oscar-winning director and sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and animator Jim Capobianco.

The movie might be premiered at a Household Matinee live performance on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on Might 14, 2022.

The work was conceived as a modern-day model of Benjamin Britten’s The Younger Individual’s Information to the Orchestra, which introduces its younger viewers to the capabilities of every orchestral instrument in flip.

The movie’s protagonist is an endearing, magical Sprite who flies round the orchestra and dives inside devices, discovering how they’re made and the way they create sound.

“Creating a brand new ‘information to the orchestra’ was an extremely inspiring and challenging undertaking,” mentioned Mason Bates.How can we showcase the magical wonders of the orchestra in a recent approach?”

“For me, the way in which was the idea of ‘how they work:’ how brass valves slice air, how strings resonate when creating harmonics, how woodwinds make music with clicking keys,” he continued.

The undertaking could have a sure immediacy since every efficiency of the music might be a oneofasort expertise,” mentioned animator and screenwriter Jim Capobianco. “Working in animation we by no means get that sort of occasion; every part is so deliberate.”

“Philharmonia Fantastique finally feels timeless: nostalgic but in addition fully recent and new,” Capobianco added.

Philharmonia Fantastique may also be launched in theaters and on a serious streaming platform in 2022.

You may learn extra concerning the undertaking right here, and watch a brief video concerning the recording course of beneath.


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