Top 5 ways to get your Disney magic with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra SuperPOPS! on February 23

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Time for some Disney magic, Birmingham. Photo via Pixabay

What’s your favorite Disney musical score between 1940 and today? I bet you’ll find it on the program for Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s next SuperPOPS! performance, Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time. Get your tickets before they’re gone. This show is one night only, Saturday, February 23, 7PM, at the Wright Center, with seats starting at $19.

1. It’s an All-New Lineup

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ASO brings Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time to Birmingham on February 23. Image via ASO

Right now, you may be thinking, I love Disney and Alabama Symphony Orchestra, but I went to their last Disney-themed concert. Well, hey there, Disney fan, I’ve got good news. The lineup for this year’s ASO SuperPOPS! Disney in Concert is all new. (Check out the program at the end.)

2. Nostalgia Factor: High

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No, Disney World isn’t in Birmingham, but the ASO SuperPOPS! performance of Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time will transport you. Photo via PIxabay

Personally, I’m most looking forward to “Battle with the Forces of Evil”—it’s the intense score you hear as Prince Phillip battles the Forest of Thorns in the 1959 Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty.” I love that scene! When I was five, I must have watched it umpteen times on VHS.

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If you’re a parent of young children or teens, it will be a treat for the whole family to hear live music from Disney’s newer classics, like “Frozen” and “Tangled.” (Did I mention February 23 is not a school night?) Get those tickets now online or by calling 205-975-2787.

So which musical scores on the program are the most nostalgic for Chris Confessore, resident conductor and principal POPS! conductor at Alabama Symphony Orchestra?

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Chris Confessore. Photo via ASO

“The ones from the ’90s—‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Hercules’—are most sentimental to me. My kids were born around that time, and I enjoyed watching those movies through their eyes. It’s like when you go to a Disney theme park with your kids, and you see and experience it again through them.”

Chris Confessore

3. Dazzling Multimedia

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The Wright Center is fully equipped for a multimedia show. Photo via the Wright Center

Four guest vocalists will join Alabama Symphony Orchestra for this SuperPOPS! performance at the Wright Center. As a top-notch Birmingham venue located on Samford University’s campus, the Wright Center is the ideal setting for a multimedia show. During Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time, you’ll see sequences of iconic Disney moments, plot twists and feats of daring heroics flash across the screen.

4. New Favorites

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What new Disney fave will you discover? Photo via Pixabay

As conductor, Confessore was pleasantly surprised by the score for a medley from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” (2009), which he had never seen before.

“It’s got a sort of a Dixieland influence,” Confessore said. Gotta love a little Dixieland jazz to get you in the groove for Mardi Gras coming up in March.

Have you seen every film represented by the musical program for Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time? Let’s find out.

5. Sneak Peek

Take a look at the irresistible lineup planned for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra SuperPOPS! performance of Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time. Hurry and get your tickets now, starting at $19, because this is sure to be a popular one. The show happens Saturday, February 23, 7PM, at the Samford University Wright Center. Tickets are available online or by calling 205-975-2787.

Act I: Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time

  • Disney Memories Overture, featuring music from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Bambi and Fantasia
  • Selections from Disney’s Tangled
  • “Reflection” from Mulan
  • Enchanted Helpers Medley, featuring music from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast
  • Villains Medley, featuring music from The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King
  • Hercules Gospel Medley

Intermission

Act II: Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time

  • The Princess and the Frog Medley
  • They Finally Meet, featuring music from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella
  • “Battle with the Forces of Evil” from Sleeping Beauty
  • Frozen Medley
  • “Nants Ingonyama”/”Circle of Life” from The Lion King

Got the Music in You?

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Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra plays side by side with the professionals of ASO on February 24. Photo via ASO

Did you know that Alabama Symphony Orchestra is the state’s only full-time professional orchestra? It’s based right here in Birmingham! Check out three more ASO events happening in the Magic City this February.

  • The Classics: Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn: February 12, 2019, at 7:30PM ($29), Samford University Brock Recital Hall
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet: February 15, 2019, at 11AM (starting at $19); February 15-16, 2019, at 7PM (starting at $24); UAB’s Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall
  • ASO & ASYO Side-by-Side Concert: February 24 at 3PM ($7-$13) at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall

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