By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia orchestra opened its 2015 season by paying homage to a movie it helped make famous.
The classic Disney movie ‘Fantasia’ debuted 75 years ago, and Philadelphia Orchestra conductor at the time Leopold Stokowski wrote the music for the film — and the orchestra played it.
“Anytime the orchestra has a chance to play this repertoire — that’s so much part of their DNA — is a thrill for them to do with their music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin,” says Jeremy Rothman with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He says Fantasia has a great way of reaching new and old fans of all ages:
“For all of us it’s a great sense of nostalgia to hear these scores and hear them live by the Philadelphia orchestra and one of the selections is accompanied by of the film as well so to hear the live music and the film come together is an especially unique treat.
During the night’s performance, the orchestra also played music from ‘The Nutcracker’.”