Fantasia’ Sparks Moments of Magic in Monaco
In early January, I was lucky enough to be invited to a performance of ‘Fantasia’ at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. I took along my daughter, Laetitia, and found myself struck with child-like wonder as I watched this wonderful film-cum-concert full of fairy-tale magic!
Under the direction of Kazuki Yamada, artistic and musical Director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the show featured a screening of the famous Disney cartoon, with accompanying music played by the formidable Monte Carlo Philharmonic, a total of 95 musicians.
The performance, composed of excerpts from the films from 1940 and 2000, was brilliantly scored with famous orchestral works: Beethoven’s Symphonies N ° 5 and N ° 6, the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, Clair de Lune by Debussy, Stravinsky’s Bird of Fire and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas.
The result? A feast for eyes and ears, with a touch of feel-good nostalgia for young and old. I was thrilled to attend this show with my daughter and we will remember this special moment in time filled with the magic of the Disney universe.
As a testament to the show’s success, the Grimaldi Forum had to open its two upper balconies to accommodate capacity!