On Sunday 21 October 2012, Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation in this UK premiere which showcases selections from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia and Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Presented in high definition on a large screen within the magical setting of the Royal Albert Hall, Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation will be brought to life by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri.
Disney – Fantasia – Live in Concert
Sunday 21 October 2012 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tickets £15 – £55 (booking fees apply)
Box Office 020 7589 8212
A selection of the magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be performed live while iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, including Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, are shown on the big screen.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said:“We are delighted to present the UK premiere of these live orchestral performances of Disney’s Fantasia at the Royal Albert Hall, the world’s most famous stage. Over 70 years since its original release, Disney’s stunning visuals and Stokowski’s timeless soundtrack continue to be treasured by audiences of all ages. These high-definition screenings, accompanied by the live performance of some of the most memorable classical music ever composed, will bring this unforgettable experience to an entirely new generation.”
Disney’s Jonathan Heely, Executive Producer, has been connected with Fantasia since preparing music for the digital soundtrack recording in 1982. “I am so pleased that new technology, film restoration, and support of Disney Animation make it possible for orchestras to recreate Fantasia’s magic in the concert hall”
Conductor John Mauceri is the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Music Director of Walt Disney’s Legacy Series Concerts. His distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him to the world’s great opera companies and symphony orchestras and the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, winning him a Tony, Grammy, Billboard, Olivier and two Emmy Awards. For 18 years, Mr Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request. On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes, and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its Principal Conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the Orchestra’s twelfth Principal Conductor and in 2008 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed Principal Guest Conductor. Julian Anderson became the Orchestra’s Composer in Residence in 2010.
Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since 1992, the Orchestra also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne. In summer, it plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where it has been the Resident Symphony Orchestra since 1964. It tours extensively overseas and has broadcast regularly on television and radio. The Orchestra has recorded soundtracks for blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and made many distinguished recordings over the years and in 2005 began releasing live, studio and archive recordings on its own CD label.
Disney’s Fantasia is the latest film to be presented with a live orchestra as part of a unique cinematic experience at the Royal Albert Hall. It follows the successful sold out performances of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Matrix and will follow the European premiere of the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story in June.
This presentation is licensed by Disney Music Publishing © Disney
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, and a registered charity operating without public funding, it remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with over 120 events in the state-of-the-art Elgar Room, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers. It also works extensively with schools and young people through its Education programme, reaching over 30,000 participants each year.