Growing up as a child, one of my most loved Disney movies would have to be The Little Mermaid. It is hard to believe that this year is the 30th year anniversary of The Little Mermaid since being released in 1989!
I believe that The Little Mermaid has stayed so popular over the years, is of course, credit to its unforgettable music we all grew up to love like Under the Sea and who could forget Part of Your World when Ariel sings
“Up where they walk Up where they run Up where they stay all day in the sun Wanderin' free Wish I could be Part of that world” ……
I believe this song played a big part with most girls growing up in the 90’s wanting to be free and somewhat rebel against their parents, I know I did.
The story takes us on the journey of rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel (Jodi Benson,) who is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which is forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days.
Watching the movie live with a full Orchestra, gave me goose bumps, it’s a somewhat nostalgic feeling taking the audience back to when they first saw the film in the 90s.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which plays the award winning original score by Alan Menken is truly amazing and second to none! They had everyone in the audience clapping and singing throughout the film and a huge standing ovation at the end.
The orchestra was led by the world class conductor Nicholas Buc, who quoted,
Every kid who grew up with the film knows Under The Sea by heart, and they’ll get the chance to relive their childhood through this wonderful live experience."
And that’s exactly what we all did, reliving the classic tale of Ariel along with her friends Flounder and Sebastian, the audience dived into a magical world under the sea.
If you'd like to learn more about Alan Menken’s score for The Little Mermaid i highly recommend you get to the convert early to listen to the film experts, Dr Dan Golding, Andrew Pogson and Conductor, Nicholas Buc, for a pre-concert talk held inside Hamer Hall.
WHERE Arts Centre Melbourne WHEN 6 - 7 September 2019 BOOK NOW
The concert duration - two hours, with a 20-minute interval mid-way.
Photo Booth available on level 2 and level 6 of the Hammer Hall where you can take souvenir photos to take home.
Get in early for the pre-concert talk held inside Hamer Hall.
MSO announces Australian premiere of Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert this February
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced the Australian premiere of Star Wars:A New Hope in Concert in February 2018 - an epic performance which will see the MSO perform John Williams’ Oscar-winning score performed live to the iconic film, conducted by MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey.
The MSO will feel the force when Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of a Jedi.
Benjamin Northey said audiences can experience Star Wars: A New Hope in a new light, forty years after the film was first released.
The John Williams score to the original Star Wars film contains some of the most instantly recognisable music ever written for orchestra. For many young musicians this was the inspiration to pursue a career in music. For all audiences it was, and remains to be, simply a magical and transporting experience. I’m still pinching myself that we get to perform this score live to the film!’ said Mr Northey.
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although (spoiler alert!) Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.
I've heard of film concerts before with other films in different theaters when we heard Harry Potter was being played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra here in Melbourne. We really didn't know what to expect! My son is a huge Harry Potter fan and went along with his dad (@Melbournedad).
Concert What an experience! Pictured above The Chief Conductor Nicholas Buc was full of energy and made the show even more enjoyable along side the magnificent Melbourne symphony orchestra. The crowd really makes the atmosphere. You almost feel this common love for Harry Potter with Kids and adults mostly dressed in wizard outfits, house colors, and showing off their wands.
My son enjoyed how the crowd got so into it. When ever a character would come out everyone would cheer or boo! making it feel like he was apart of the whole experience "it was great". My son said "I felt like i was watching the film for the first time". At times Hubby said he would forget the orchestra was even there at times because he got so lost in the whole experience. Definitely got the chills every now and again when main themes got belted out making a truly amazing experience.
Location Located right across the street from Crown Casino for those who arrive early could purchase merchandise scarfs, jumpers, wands ect , audience who arrived early also received a special pre-concert talk from the wizards behind the Art of the Score podcast! which hubby and my son found very interesting and great to hear the conductor going thought the different scores and instruments to each characters themes.
Highly recommend taking the family to these events, What better way to introduce the children to classical music than with their beloved film series performed live in concert. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will play Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in November 2018 – and if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you absolutely must be there. Below you'll find details of next years two shows on sale now be quick tickets sell out fast.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra teams up with Melbourne’s favourite comedian Josh Thomas for Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, the untold prequel to Prokofiev’s classic tale.
Experience the favourite family story with fresh eyes and ears as Josh Thomas narrates the story of a newly orphaned Peter who flies from Russia to LA to stay with his aging hippy grandfather who works for a Hollywood movie star. Peter is swept up in adventures that includes the building of a giant robot, a whirlwind helicopter chase where he (or may not) capture a wolf in a forbidden meadow.
Josh Thomas will narrate from the stage, alongside conductor Brett Kelly who will guide the orchestra as the story unfolds on a big screen. Adding to the entertaining production will be star percussionist Jason Mills, who will recreate all the sound effects using props on stage.
A beautiful way to introduce the family to classical music. Kids will love it. For young children and their families. All tickets $45. Saturday 16 September at 11am, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.
For your chance to WIN a family pass (4 x tickets) valued at $180 simply follow Melbourne with Kidz on Instagram and Facebook and tag a friend in the comments below each tag acts as an entry! Winner will be announced Tuesday the 12th of September 2017. GOODLUCK
www.mso.com.au for more family programs. Keep an eye out for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ™ and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert in November and the newly announce Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert in December.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will present the exclusive Australian premiere of Star Wars: The Concert Series with The Force Awakens on 8th, 9th and 10th December 2017 at St Kilda’s newly refurbished Palais Theatre, featuring a full screening of the film with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ classic score performed live to picture, led by conductor Nicholas Buc.
Star Wars fans, both past and present, can experience this special event ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in cinemas 14 December 2017. Conductor Nicholas Buc said he has always dreamed of conducting Star Wars.
I am thrilled to be conducting this incredible event and for audiences to experience this film as never before – in full symphonic surround sound – at Australia’s first ever live performance of a Star Wars film concert event. ‘Even though the first Star Wars film was released 40 years ago, the movies and music are just as popular today. The Star Wars saga has had such an impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects, and, of course, iconic musical scores composed by Williams,’ said Buc.
Legendary composer John Williams is well known for scoring the Star Wars films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope), for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were each nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.
Tickets on sales now Don't miss out It will be an unforgettable event
Dates Friday the 8th & Saturday the 9th of December at 8pm Sunday 10th December at 2pm PLUS Special Padawan Training from 12noon. Let your child embrace their inner Jedi, and learn this unique craft in these special, 20-minute classes happening at 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm and 1.30pm on Sunday the 10th Venue: Palais Theatre, St Kilda Tickets: ticketmaster.com.au
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