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  • The Disney Symphonic Legacy Featuring John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Oct. 20, 2009
  • First Time in Walt Disney Concert Hall History an Entire Program Is Devoted to Music From Disney Films

    John Mauceri Makes Walt Disney Concert Hall Conducting Debut

    World Premiere Concert Performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling Featuring Full Cast of Singers and Actors

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009, 8:00 PM

    The Disney Symphonic Legacy, featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra led by its Founding Director, John Mauceri, premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 20, 2009 at 8:00PM. For the first time in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s history an entire program is being devoted to music from Disney films. Included is the world premiere concert performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling, featuring a full cast and the world symphonic premieres of Danny Elfman’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Concert Overture and Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean – A Symphonic Portrait. The Disney Symphonic Legacy also sees John Mauceri make his conducting debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    Curated and conducted by John Mauceri, The Disney Symphonic Legacy celebrates the connection between the inspiration of music and the heritage of Walt Disney’s legendary films. Beginning with Elfman’s Concert Overture from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the program continues with a Suite from the Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky. A Symphonic Portrait from Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean and a Suite from Hans Zimmer and Elton John’s The Lion King follow.

    After intermission, audiences will witness the world concert premiere of Frank Churchill and Larry Morey’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling. Reinventing the “radio play” of the past, the concert will explore a never-before-seen (or heard) approach to the classic animated film, including live narration and vocals, along with edits of the original orchestrations from the film’s famous songs and underscoring. Directed by Jeff Lee, the performance features a talented cast of soloists, including Ashley Brown (Snow White), currently starring in the North American tour of MARY POPPINS, Blake Griffin (The Prince) and Ruth Williamson (The Queen), as well as the Seven Dwarfs and the Cal State Fullerton University Singers. In a setting appropriate for the entire family, the reading will be fun, casual and light-hearted – and will shed a completely new light on one of Disney’s most famous classics.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable locations anywhere to experience music – Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational concerts, children's programming and community concerts, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.


    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009, 8 PM


    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles


    JOHN MAUCERI, conductor


    ROBERT ISTAD, director

    The Disney Symphonic Legacy

    The Nightmare Before Christmas – Concert Overture* (Danny Elfman)

    Sleeping Beauty – Suite (Peter Tchaikovsky)

    Pirates of the Caribbean – A Symphonic Portrait* (Hans Zimmer)

    The Living and the Dead

    Jack Sparrow

    Hoist the Colors and Drink Up, Me Hearties!

    The Lion King – Suite (Elton John / Hans Zimmer)


    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling* (Frank Churchill & Larry Morey)

    Ashley Brown (Snow White)

    Blake Griffin (The Prince)

    Ruth Williamson (The Queen)

    Bob Bouchard (Dopey)

    Matt Crabtree (Bashful)

    Jeffrey Polk (Doc)

    Justin Robertson (Happy)

    Amir Talai (Sneezy)

    Rick Wasserman (Grumpy)

    Harrison White (Sleepy)

    Jeff Lee, director

    Sleeping Beauty Suite arranged by John Mauceri;

    All other works prepared for performance by John Mauceri

    * World symphonic premiere

    Tickets ($42 - $125) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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