For the “Fantasia”/”Fantasia 2000” program July 12 at Ravinia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be featured on the stage and on the screen.
Not literally, of course. The CSO, under conductor James Levine, performed most of the classical-music standards heard in “Fantasia 2000” (1999), a sequel to the Disney animated feature “Fantasia” (1940). With its iconic segments set to chestnuts such as Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, “The Dance of the Hours” from Ponchielli’s opera La gioconda and Mussorgky’s A Night on Bald Mountain, “Fantasia” pioneered the use of classical music to tell a story via animation.
Segments from both films will be projected on video screens while the CSO, led by conductor Ted Sperling, performs the classical works on the soundtracks. The Ravinia program consists of movements from Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Debussy’s Clair de lune, Stravinksy’s suite from The Firebird, Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours,” Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance (Marches Nos. 1-4) and Resphigi’s The Pines of Rome. The CSO recorded the segments for Beethoven’s Fifth, The Firebird, Pomp and Circumstance, and The Pines of Rome for “Fantasia 2000.”
Here are some video previews, via imdb.com, of the CSO-featured segments:
TOP: Scenes from “Fantasia 2000” are projected overhead while an orchestra performs the score. | Photo: Walt Disney Studios