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Philharmonia Fantastique

Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of The Orchestra

Sun Oct 29, 2023

Orchestra Hall

~1 hr no intermission

What makes an orchestra? Come on a musical adventure with the magical Sprite, who will explain each of the instrument families that make up an orchestra. Featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack played by the Minnesota Orchestra, Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is a multimedia concert that explores the connections between music, sound, performance, creativity and technology.

Music by Mason Bates
Written by Mason Bates & Gary Rydstrom
Directed by Gary Rydstrom
Animation direction by Jim Capobianco

Our Relaxed Family Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages, including individuals with autism or sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in an inclusive environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra will feature a variety of music—some soft and some loud—because we know that different audience members like different levels of sound. Review our tip sheet to read about quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones and other options which are available for tailoring the concert experience to fit your family's preferences.
  2. Come early to participate in lobby activities, including opportunities to try out orchestral instruments, design an instrument with rainbow scratch paper, learn about how animals communicate with the Minnesota Zoo, engage in creative movement, meet Minnesota Orchestra musicians, and more. Prepare with our playlist, lobby map, pre-visit story and other materials.
  3. Prepare for the concert experience by downloading our curriculum

Date & Time




  • Mason Bates

    Philharmonia Fantastique

  • Smetana

    Overture to The Bartered Bride


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks



Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • ASL Interpretation
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Braille & Large Print Programs
  • Open Captioning
  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating
  • Headphones & Ear Plugs

Additional services are available upon request.

The Family Concert series is made possible by


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Co-Sponsored by Eric and Celita Levinson