Sheltering Sky Animation Project
In 1940, Disney made the world of orchestral music more accessible to audiences with the release of their wonderful animated film, Fantasia. Images of enchanted broomsticks laboring to Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, hippopotami in tutus pirouetting to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and dinosaurs lumbering to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring have helped engage audiences for generations.
In celebration of our 20th Anniversary season, the Triangle Wind Ensemble undertook a similar project, this time using an original piece of wind band music as the source material. The composition we selected, Sheltering Sky, is a beautiful piece by one of the most popular and talented wind band composers writing today, John Mackey. To create the animation, TWE commissioned NC State University Associate Professor of Art + Design, Marc Russo, to develop a story and animation to match Mackey's music as well as Disney's centaurs do Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.
The final Sheltering Sky animation premiered at TWE's 20th Anniversary Concert on April 13, 2019 in the Cary Arts Center in Cary, NC. The Triangle Wind Ensemble performed Mackey's music live while the film was projected onto the stage's screen.
By early 2020 our animation will be made available to the wind band community as a whole so that their ensembles and audiences can share in the experience that is this Sheltering Sky Project. K-12 school band programs across the country and world will have access to the film for free. For more information about screening the Sheltering Sky animation during your group's performance, please visit our Sheltering Sky Licensing Information page.
Our Sheltering Sky project was featured on UNC-TV's arts show, MUSE.