The Pacific Symphony Presents DISNEY 'FANTASIA': LIVE IN CONCERT, 8/9

The Pacific Symphony Presents DISNEY 'FANTASIA': LIVE IN CONCERT, 8/9

"Fantasia"-Disney's crown jewel that changed the course of animation forever when it was released in 1940-is brought to fresh, new life when Pacific Symphony presents the captivating blend of music and moving pictures, live and under the stars, as part of "Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014." A perfect evening for reliving childhood memories or introducing new ones to youngsters, "Disney 'Fantasia': Live in Concert" features stunning footage from the original version as well as "Fantasia 2000" shown on the big screen above the stage, as the orchestra performs classical masterpieces in sync with the animation. Starring the iconic Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the presentation also delights with colorful and vibrant animations of dancing hippos, baby unicorns, flamingos and Disney's other favorite characters-Donald and Daisy Duck in the 2000 version of "Pomp and Circumstance." Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony also performs selections from Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies, "The Nutcracker Suite," "Carnival of the Animals," "Firebird," "Pines of Rome," "Claire de Lune" and "Dance of the Hours."

"As a child, I loved 'Fantasia'!" says Maestro Kaufman. "It was exciting visually, and the music was simply overwhelming. I believe that it also helped cement my love for music in film, no matter if it was from the classics or from great film composers."

The Symphony's presentation takes place on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Concert tickets range from $25 (lawn seating) to $105

(orchestra seating); children under 14 are half price in most sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit Summer Festival 2014 is also supported by the Orange County Register and media sponsors K-Earth 101, KPCC, KUSC and PBS SoCal.

Patrons are invited to picnic prior to the concert beginning at 6 p.m. And for the over 21-crowd: the Symphony's new Wine Club, hosted by Mercedes-Benz, with its shaded patio and stylish teak tables, is the perfect prelude to the concert. Held in the VIP club, the experience offers live music and an atmosphere that is casual and relaxed. Admission, two glasses of wine and a cheese-and-fruit plate are $25, and guests are encouraged to bring in their own picnics as well. Additional glasses of wine or bottles are also available for purchase. But space is limited to 100 people; for information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799.

"Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' is, without a doubt, a classic," says Kaufman. "In many ways, it elevated the marriage of film and music to a whole new level, and it brought classical music into the movie theaters in a way that was totally unique. To hear this memorable music live while watching the film brings the 'Fantasia' experience to an even higher level. It's like seeing and hearing this classic film being reborn right before your eyes and ears.