At the Orpheum
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Kids Concerts presents Philharmonia Fantastique
Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is a 23-minute multi-media concerto from Grammy-winning composer, Mason Bates in collaboration with a multi-Oscar-winning creative team. The animated film flies through the instruments of the orchestra to explore the fundamental connections between music, sound, performance, creativity and technology.
Guided by a magical Sprite, the film shows violin strings vibrate, brass valves slice air, and drumheads resonate. Imaginatively blending traditional and modern animation styles, it is a kinetic and compelling guide to the orchestra that engagingly illustrates the intricacies of how instruments work individually and collectively to produce such a huge range of sound. By the culmination of the piece, the orchestra has overcome its differences of sections and sound to demonstrate unity from diversity in a spectacular finale.
VSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC PLAYZONE
Try out instruments, learn through games with playful characters, and get in the mood for the music at the VSO School’s interactive playzone, in the Orpheum lobby before each concert.
Yes, Something’s Fishy and it’s Al Swimmins…. make that Al Simmons: a tour-de-force of ingenious and charming silliness.SEP 24
Charlotte goes on a magical-musical journey through the orchestra, exploring the sounds and colours of the instruments, and the exciting possibilities that music has to offer.NOV 26
Travel to a galaxy far far away with the VSO! It’s sure to be a stellar afternoon for all. With Conductor Sean O'Loughlin.FEB 4