In Concert Live to Film


Due to the extended closure of Arts Centre Melbourne and ongoing event restrictions, our performances of Fantasia in Concert will be rescheduled to 2021.

We are working to finalise replacement dates and will announce them as soon as they are confirmed.

If you are an existing ticket holder, you will retain your seats for the new concert date. Further information about reissuing your ticket(s) will be available when the rescheduled date is confirmed.

About this performance

Be swept away in a night of musical magic when the MSO presents one of Disney’s most extraordinary and groundbreaking animated features, Fantasia, in concert live to film.

Released to great acclaim in 1940, Walt Disney’s Fantasia was his boldest experiment at the time and culminated in the creative visionary’s desire to blend animated imagery with classical music.

Conducted by Benjamin Northey, the MSO will perform the beautifully curated emotional score of classical music including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and the fantastically dark scene with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

Fantasia is one of the most influential pairings of music and moving pictures in history. Since it was released in 1940 it has captured the hearts and minds of people of all ages.”

– Benjamin Northey

The original film score was conducted by Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded in stereophonic sound, which was still an experimental medium at the time. What had begun as a vehicle to develop Mickey Mouse’s career with an animation short titled The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, went on to become a genuine cinema classic.


Benjamin Northey conductor

Pre-concert talk

Learn more about the music behind this Disney classic from The Art of the Score’s film experts Dr Dan Golding and Andrew Pogson when they are joined by special guest, conductor Benjamin Northey!

Pre-concert talk times

Friday 24 April: 6.45pm
Sunday 26 April: 11.45am

Running time

2 hours, including a 20-minute interval

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