MINNEAPOLIS — On Thanksgiving weekend, the Minnesota Orchestra performs two concerts of Disney FANTASIA – Live In Concert, with selected scenes from the animated classics Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 shown on a large screen while the Minnesota Orchestra plays the score live.
The original Fantasia, first released in 1940, is a watershed cinematic experience combining classical music and animation, famous for such unforgettable sequences as Mickey Mouse’s misadventures with an enchanted broom, set to Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The sequel Fantasia 2000 includes new scenes, melding hand-drawn animation with advancements in computer animation. Leading the concerts is Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of the Live at Orchestra Hall series.
The concert is performed twice at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Saturday, November 29, at 8 p.m., andSunday, November 30, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $80 for adults. Discounted tickets for children, beginning at $20, are available for the November 30 performance only. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this release.
Sarah Hicks is principal conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Live at Orchestra Hall concert series, of which this season’s additional highlights include a staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, a concert with trumpeter Chris Botti, and screenings of the film Singin’ in the Rain with the score performed live. She also conducts the Inside the Classics series, which returns to Orchestra Hall in March 2015. During the 2014-15 season she makes return visits to the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Alabama Symphony, and she debuts with the Santa Fe Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic and Kansai Philharmonic. In 2011 she toured with British rock icon Sting, leading 31 concerts over two months in venues throughout Europe. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
In a program note, composer and historian Alexander Rannie states: “…it can be hard to fathom how revolutionary Fantasia was upon its theatrical release in 1940. Neither symphony hall concertgoers nor families headed to the movies to catch the latest Disney cartoon were prepared for the breadth and depth of color and sound that poured forth from the screen. Walt Disney and conductor Leopold Stokowski—in collaboration with the talents of 1,000-plus artists, musicians, and engineers at the Walt Disney Studio; the RCA Corporation; composer, author, and commentator Deems Taylor; dozens of dancers (including Marge Champion and members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Ballet Theatre); and the entire Philadelphia Orchestra—created a watershed cinematic experience that remains a visionary milestone to this day. Though the Walt Disney Studio would utilize popular songs in several package films of the ’40s and ’50s, it would remain until 1999 and the release of Fantasia 2000, spearheaded by Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, for a Disney-produced feature-length marriage of classical music and animation to once again reach the screen.”
Rannie further details the music and film excerpts featured in these concerts. They include the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (Fantasia 2000), which melds abstract computer animation with hand-drawn pastels; selections from Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (Fantasia), conceived as an Art Deco interpretation of life in mythological Greece; selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, paired with whimsical imagery that includes dancing mushrooms; an orchestration of Debussy’s Clair de lune (Fantasia), set to animation of two herons in flight in the moonlight—a segment that was trimmed from the original cinematic release; selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird (Fantasia 2000), not following Stravinsky’s storyline, but rather that of a frightening, fiery spirit of destruction who seeks to destroy the forest home of a Spring Sprite and her companion elk; the Dance of the Hours (Fantasia) segment from Ponchielli’s ballet, featuring ostriches, hippos and alligators as unlikely dance partners; the beloved Sorcerer’s Apprentice sequence (Fantasia and Fantasia 2000), Mickey Mouse’s most famous cinematic adventure, set to Dukas’ music; Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance (Fantasia 2000), here a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark, with Donald Duck in the role of the Patriarch; and selections fromRespighi’s The Pines of Rome (Fantasia 2000), a stunning computer-animated sequence that imagines a pod of flying humpback whales.
Live at Orchestra Hall
DISNEY FANTASIA – LIVE IN CONCERT
WITH THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sarah Hicks, conductor
BEETHOVEN Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5
Selections from Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from Nutcracker Suite
DEBUSSY/Stokowski Clair de lune
STRAVINSKY Selections from The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
PONCHIELLI Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda
DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
ELGAR/Schickele Pomp and Circumstance
RESPIGHI Selections from The Pines of Rome
Tickets: $25-$80; $20-$70 (Children; discount for Sunday performance only)
Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (openMonday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/ subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
Published prices include a non-discountable facility fee that ranges from $2 to $5 per ticket. For single ticket purchases, there are no service charges for in-person transactions. There is a $6 service charge per transaction for all phone, fax or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. (This charge is waived for subscribers and group purchasers ordering by phone, mail or in person.) Subscription packages are subject to a one-time $8 processing fee. No refunds. Some fees and restrictions may apply to ticket exchanges. All sales are final.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.