We could not be more excited about the two amazing Memphis Symphony Orchestra performances coming up this weekend at Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies. It's the perfect opportunity to introduce your children and grandchildren to the wonders of orchestral music!
Enjoy music from the beloved Walt Disney Studio songbook preformed live on stage by The MSO and four Broadway singers while movie clips from classic Disney films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the blockbuster hit, Frozen, are projected overhead on a giant screen.
The Sunday, March 29th performance will feature hands-on, music-making fun with a special pre-show "Instrument Petting Zoo" sponsored by Amro Music.
Thanks to the generosity of The Memphis Development Foundation and Orpheum Theatre, all proceeds will benefit The Memphis Symphony Orchestra!
This week we've been Tweeting fun facts about Disney and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as we get ready for Saturday and Sunday. In case you've missed them, here's a roundup of all the fast facts we've shared:
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Facts:
- Between core, per-service and substitutes, the MSO employs approximately 125 musicians.
- MSO musicians come from all over the world, including Paupa New Guinea, Venezuela, Ukraine, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Hungary.
- Violinist Ann Spurbeck has been with the MSO for 51 seasons -- she began playing with the orchestra in 1964!
- Traditionally, the Memphis Symphony engages in over 240 concerts and ensemble visits in a season.
- The Memphis Symphony has 12 musician couples that perform regularly: Frank & Marian Shaffer, Erin Kaste & Betsy Carter, Greg & Beth Luscombe, Sandy D'Amato & Michael Karcz, David Carlisle & Adrienne Park, Andre Dyachenko & Yennifer Correia, Sam Shoup & Heather Trusell, Scott Best & Iren Zombor, Chris & Katy Piecuch, Ed Murray & Renee Kemper, Caroline Kinsey & Dan Vidican, Lenny & Jane Schranze.
- Disney has won 10 Grammy Awards for Best Song Written For Visual Media, including Let It Go!
- Disney has 72 Oscar nominations to its name and has taken home 21 Academy Awards, most of Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film.
- Walt Disney Animation Studios has made 54 films, starting with Snow White in 1937.
- The Jungle Book was the last animated film Walt Disney personally supervised; it was released 10 months after his death.
- The Little Mermaid’s Ariel was the first Disney princess in 30 years, the first since Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora in 1959.
- Broadway star Idina Menzel of Wicked and Rent fame voiced Elsa in Frozen.
- Samuel E. Wright, who voiced Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, played Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway.
- Tim Rice originally wanted ABBA to do the soundtrack for The Lion King, but scheduling conflicts prevented the collaboration and Elton John got the gig instead.
- The Jungle Book’s vultures were inspired by the Beatles, but John Lennon was opposed to the band providing the voices.
- Frozen’s Anna is the first Disney character to sing a duet with a villain.
- Elsa was supposed to be the villain in Frozen, but the producers loved "Let It Go" so much as an empowering anthem that they changed her storyline.
- Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film in history to be nominated for a Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
- “Part of Your World” was almost cut from The Little Mermaid because a child in a test audience spilled his popcorn during the song, which made the studio chairman think it was too boring. Luckily the staff fought to get it put back in.