May 8 – 10
7:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Symphonic sounds, animation and Mickey Mouse will converge when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings the magic of Fantasia to Heinz Hall.
Families will rediscover the enchantment of this classic Walt Disney film—along with its recent remake—via sweeping masterpieces from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and 6, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Stravinsky’s Firebird suite.
Running for just three nights as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series, the family-friendly program will showcase the marriage of art, music and film during an evening of color, magic, innocence, drama, creativity, and of course, everyone’s favorite cartoon character.
Open to ages 6 and up, the captivating concert includes film clips and animation excerpts from Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 as unique visual accompaniment to the live symphonic performance. Families are also invited to watch and listen to the show from the hall’s gallery windows.
Part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s special Explore and Engage program, the production’s run also includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities illuminating the show’s music, composers and historical context. A pre-concert talk led by resident conductor Fawzi Haimor will take place on stage one hour before each show. Cartoonist Joe Wos serve as Maestro Haimor’s special guest exploring the animation process and the history of Fantasia.
Leading the orchestra will be guest conductor Ward Stare, who began his musical career at New York’s Juilliard School and was recently named music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.