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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.

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