Lancaster Symphony to premiere new film version of “Fantasia”

Posted on: April 2, 2012

In Saturday’s (3/31) Morning Call (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Steve Spiegel writes, “Who would have thought that classical music’s first multimedia outreach ambassador would be a mouse? Mickey Mouse, as a wizard’s mischievous apprentice in the 1940 Disney film ‘Fantasia,’ donned his master’s magic hat to create all sorts of creative chaos, at the same time introducing an entire generation to the magical world of classical music. Mickey returns on Wednesday for the U.S. premiere of a brand new film version of ‘Fantasia,’ presented on a large HD screen and featuring the live accompaniment of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. The performance takes place at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster. … Even the artwork on the programs is homegrown. Michael Abel, a Lancaster-based graphic designer, created the artwork that will be used on ‘Fantasia’ concert programs throughout the U.S. … Disney’s new ‘Fantasia’ is the third version of the famous film. Six decades after the first film, Disney released ‘Fantasia 2000’ as a widescreen IMAX attraction, the first feature-length animation released in the IMAX format. The latest version showcases selections from each of these films, but stands apart in one important difference—this time a live orchestra is involved.”

Posted April 2, 2012