Disney in Concert – Alice in Wonderland: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Lands US National Premiere!
Kalamazoo, MI November 19, 2015 – The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce that, following performances of Disney in Concert - Alice in Wonderland at the London’s Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (December, 2015), the project moves on to Kalamazoo in April 2016 for its US premiere!
“We are extremely thrilled to have landed this US National premiere,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. “Our three-year exclusive alliance with Disney means a lot and it is a real treat for our audiences in the Kalamazoo community.”
Jonathan Heely, Director Music Publishing & Concert Licensing at Disney, said; “we are really looking forward to this brand new alliance and expect it to continue for multiple years. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is a real trustworthy partner for our symphonic productions.”
Raymond Harvey, Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, said; “I am really looking forward to this amazing Artistic opportunity and can’t wait to start the rehearsals leading up to what promises to be a unique multidimensional concert experience.”
This brand new orchestral concert event features Tim Burton's blockbuster film projected on the big screen while live symphony orchestra and choir bring Danny Elfman's lush musical score to life.
Audience members are invited to tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure in an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice, now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. This Wonderland filled with familiar friends and characters is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you've seen before. The American fantasy film was directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Providing the score is long-time Burton collaborator and four-time Grammy Nominee, Danny Elfman. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.
The much-anticipated concert in the KSO’s Special Events series. To kick off a three-year exclusive partnership with Disney, the KSO presents KSO@The Movies with Disney in Concert -Alice in Wonderland conducted by Maestro Raymond Harvey and features the Kalamazoo Singers and the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus. This full length film with original voice and sound effects will play on the big screen while your KSO musicians bring Danny Elfman’s amazing and breath-taking score to life.
“PNC is happy to play a role in bringing this unique movie experience, featuring music performed live by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, to our Southwest Michigan community,” said PNC Regional President Sean Welsh. “Disney in Concert – Alice in Wonderland, is an exciting musical event and the perfect kick-off of our three-year partnership with the orchestra.”
KSO@The Movies – Special Event
KSO @ The Movies
Disney in Concert - Alice in Wonderland
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 8pm
Raymond Harvey, conductor
Kalamazoo Singers (Richard Phelps, director)
Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus (Fred Sang, director)
The KSO, in partnership with Disney, proudly presents Disney in Concert - Alice in Wonderland. This full-length Disney movie, with original dialogue and sound effects plays on the big screen while your KSO musicians bring Danny Elfman’s score to life for an amazing, multi-sensory, family event!
KSO@The Movies is exclusively brought to you by PNC Bank.
Visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com for up-to-date information, details and schedules. Prices, artists, dates, time and program are subject to change without notice.
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support. For more information, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com.
About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is Southwest Michigan’s premier musical organization, providing musical enrichment to over 80,000 adults and youth per year. The third-largest professional orchestra in the state, the KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to found its innovative Artist-in-Residence program.