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Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert at Birmingham NIA

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Live concert of music that made Mickey magical
Walt Disney's 1940 Fantasia was a ground-breaking film that not only went down in the history books but also resurged Mickey Mouse's popularity to become one of the most treasured cartoon characters for generations.

A special concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra now heads to Birmingham NIA on December 29 to showcase music from the original film along with Disney's Fantasia 2000.

Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert features Tchaikovsky's classic Nutcracker Suite

While a huge 80ft screen shows selections from the Fantasia films in HD, the live accompaniment from the orchestra includes Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite.

Only three performances will take place across the UK - at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on December 27, the phones4u Arena in Manchester on December 28 and the NIA Arena in Birmingham on December 29.

Other scenes on screen are Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, when the hippos, elephants, ostriches and alligators perform ballet, and Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. There is also the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony.

Conductor Ludwig Wicki will lead the orchestra in a show that is perfect for families or fans of classical music or Disney.

Disney's Jonathan Heely, Executive Producer of the programme, said: "Now 73 years later, these live performances of Fantasia are a way we can honour Walt Disney's vision while introducing new patrons young and old to the concert hall with the inspiring sounds of the symphony orchestra."

December 27 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow. Tickets from or by calling 0844 395 4000.

December 28 - The phones4u Arena, Manchester. Tickets from or by calling 0844 847 8000.

December 29 - The NIA Arena, Birmingham. Tickets from or by calling 0844 338 8000.
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Why? Magical Disney film as you've never seen or heard it before
When: December 29, 2013
Phone: 0844 338 8000.
Where: Birmingham NIA
Cost: From 22.90
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