SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW FRIDAY, 6.30PM
Back in 1940, Walt Disney had a magical idea: to bring together his studio’s world-class animation and some of the best-loved pieces in the classical music repertoire. The result was Fantasia, in which Mickey Mouse got into a spot of bother to the sound of Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; hippos, elephants, ostriches and alligators discovered their inner ballerina to Ponchielli’s Dance Of The Hours; and unicorns brought a mythical mood to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
These sequences and more, including some from the Disney sequel Fantasia 2000, will be screened to live orchestral accompaniment at the SSE Hydro this week. The performances have already been a great success at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Glasgow date is one of only three on the UK tour (which also stops off at Manchester and Birmingham).
With the images projected in high definition on an 80ft screen, and the music played as live underscore by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, it’s sure to offer an experience that’s quite different from watching the telly from your living-room sofa. If you’re in a stay at home mood, however, Fantasia itself is broadcast at 4.15pm on BBC Two on Christmas Eve.