Disney Fantasia in Concert Live to Film

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Chatswood Culture Bites presents Disney "Fantasia" with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents highlights from two of Disney’s most extraordinary and ground-breaking animated features, "Fantasia" and its sequel, "Fantasia 2000" in concert live to film.  

Conducted by George Ellis, scenes from each of the two iconic films will be projected in high definition on a large screen above the orchestra as they perform classical selections by Beethoven, Debussy, Elgar, among others. 

Released to great acclaim in 1940, Walt Disney’s "Fantasia" was his boldest experiment at the time and culminated in the creative visionary’s desire to blend animated imagery with classical music.   

The original film score was conducted by Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded in stereophonic sound, which was still an experimental medium at the time. What had begun as a vehicle to develop Mickey Mouse’s career with an animation short titled "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" went on to become a genuine cinema classic. 

This rare and wonderful experience of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra performing live-to-picture is a revelation for both long-time fans of "Fantasia" and those seeing Disney’s brilliant animations for the very first time.

Approximately 120 mins (with interval).
Recommended for all ages.


Selections from 

Beethoven Symphony No.5, Symphony No. 6 and Pastoral
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite
Debussy Clair de lune 
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
Ponchielli Dance of the Hours
Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance
Conductor George Ellis

This event is part of 
Chatswood Culture Bites 2022, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD.

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  • Saturday, 22 October 2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Saturday, 22 October 2022 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


The Concourse Concert Hall, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, 2067, View Map

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