Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.

Guest conductor Kietaro Harada will be taking the helm for two performances. Behind the players, an enormous high definition screen will display fan favorites such as “Nutcracker Suite” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from the original 1940 Disney milestone. But the night does not end there. After the orchestra finishes with the eight original shorts from “Fantasia”, they will also perform the entire sequel, “Fantasia 2000.”  

The “Superpops!” series is part of a broader vision that blends popular and diverse music entertainers with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. After the orchestra performs the cinematic staple that is “Fantasia”, they will move on to other avenues of music. 

On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 the orchestra will hold the “Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show”, which will include music from The Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Electric Light Orchestra, and David Bowie. 

On Feb. 28 and March 1 the Orchestra will perform with The Texas Tenors, a vocal group that gained notoriety after appearing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The group blends country, gospel, classical, and Broadway styles of music. Their debut album, “Country Roots-Classical Sound” was the first album to be number one on both the country and classical music charts. 

The final leg of the four-part “Superpops!” series will feature child phenom Ethan Bortnick on March 28 and March 29. The 12 year old is the youngest performer to headline his own international tour with over 200 concerts. Bortnick is a composer, pianist, and entertainer, playing some familiar melodies such as “Rock Around the Clock”, “Lean On Me”, and “Crocodile Rock”. Bortnick’s performances have raised over $30 million for children’s charities. 

But the festivities begin with nostalgia in “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000”, which will be held on Saturday Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $28-$84, but children under 18 are half off. For more information visit tucsonsymphony.org

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