August 19, 2015
The Philadelphia Orchestra is starting off the 2015-2016 season with a little Disney magic. Selections from the 1940 film "Fantasia" will headline the Opening Night Concert and Gala Wednesday, Sept. 30.
"Fantasia" is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015. The Orchestra has special ties to the classic film: Its score was performed by the Orchestra under the direction of former Music Director Leopold Stokowski. During pieces of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" famous scenes from "Fantasia" will be played above the Orchestra for the crowd.
Stokowski’s arrangements of Bach’s "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" and Debussy’s “Clair de lune" will also be part of the night's performance.
After the Orchestra's performance, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, gala attendees will be treated to a black-tie dinner in the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza. Garces Catering will provide the food. Tickets are now on sale.