Sunday, May 15, 2022 @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

Dynamic concerto meets animated film! Through a mesmerizing hybrid of animated and live action filming, follow a magical Sprite as it embarks on a musical journey through the inner workings of an orchestra. Violin strings vibrate, brass valves slice air, and drum heads resonate like you’ve never seen before—all set to live music from members of the NSO. By the film’s end, the orchestra comes together in a spectacular finale!  

Philharmonia Fantastique was written by Kennedy Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, and co-created with Academy Award-nominated director/writer Gary Rydstrom, and Academy Award nominated animator Jim Capobianco.

Sun., May 15 at 2pm is a sensory-friendly performance! Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation: Following the performance on Saturday, May 14 at 1:30pm, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories with the show’s artists.

Please review the Kennedy Center's current COVID-19 policy details and requirements at before attending this event.