What better way to spend an autumn afternoon in the Temecula area than by enjoying the music and animation of Disney’s world-renowned iconic songs and films?
Bring the family and experience the magic when the Inland Valley Symphony (IVS) presents “Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time” at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Revival Christian Fellowship church in Menifee.
The concert, led by IVS’s Music Director and Conductor Maestro Anthony Parthner, is a story of hopes and dreams that will feature animated clips of favorite Disney films alongside medleys of Disney favorites such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Bella Notte,” “Part of Your World,” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”
The show will also showcase the Broadway-style vocal talents of Araceli Applegate, Stephen Van Dorn, Jason Livesay, and Lisa Livesay.
“It’s going to be a night of classic Disney movies and music — from “The Rocketeer” to “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Enchanted” — all wrapped up in different themes,” said Araceli Applegate, vocalist coordinator for the evening.
“This (performance) is special because it’s only the second time Disney has allowed an orchestra to play their music live,” explained Applegate.
Lisa Livesay, who just completed a national tour as Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” is also looking forward to the performance.
“I’m really looking forward to singing the songs from “The Little Mermaid.” They’ve always been special to me,” Livesay said.
Don’t worry — this isn’t going to be a cliched, stuffy night of live orchestration. Instead, the IVS and their productions appeal to a wide variety of music lovers — not just those who equate “going to the symphony” as black tie-only events.
Expect a gorgeous and innovative multimedia experience with dramatic lighting and large screen animation to complement the symphony’s and vocalists’ renditions of the popular Disney score.
“You’re able to see all of your favorite Disney clips while an orchestra and singers perform these amazing songs live,” added Applegate. “It’s especially powerful for children to see that real people perform these songs. It’s not just animated characters.”
Livesay agrees, adding that performing these Disney classics in front of a young audience “makes it that much more special, it revolutionizes the way kids see the characters. When you’re ‘Belle’ (from ‘Beauty and the Beast’) on stage, you are, indeed, Belle.”
Enjoying its 18th season, the Inland Valley Symphony will perform six concerts in the 2012-13 season, including “Thriller” in October and “A Christmas Festival” in December, where they’ll be joined by the Temecula Valley Master Chorale.
The IVS “provides cultural enrichment through orchestral performance and education, fosters musical development and arts awareness for youth and its members and promotes the appreciation of music for the greater community.”
Revival Christian Fellowship is located at 29220 Scott Rd. in Menifee.
For concert information and tickets, visit www.inlandvalleysymphony.org.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.