This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony will perform Fantasia, Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation in four concerts in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 17, at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.  Repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen.

The concerts, which will be led by guest conductor Ron Spigelman, are the finale of the Symphony’s 2013/14 Pops season.  A native of Australia, Spigelman is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and is currently Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has accompanied a wide range of renowned artists including Horacio Gutierrez, Richard Stoltzman, Sharon Isbin, Jubilant Sykes, Jon Kimura Parker, Orli Shaham and many others. Pops artists he has performed with include Marvin Hamlisch, Canadian Brass, King’s Singers and legends James Taylor, Art Garfunkel and Peter Paul and Mary.

Tickets to Disney Fantasia Live in Concert with the North Carolina Symphony range from $28 to $70.  Student tickets are $15. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony’s website at, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Pops Series partners are CEI: The Digital Office, Duke Medicine, and Duke Realty.  Media partners are Our State magazine,, Fox 50, and Mix 101.5.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

May 15-17 Concert/Event Listings:
North Carolina Symphony
Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

May 15-17 Program
North Carolina Symphony
Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Music for this concert will include selections from the following works:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)  

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
Ludwig van Beethoven   

The Nutcracker Suite 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)  

Clair de lune  
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)  

Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)  

Dance of the Hours
Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886)  

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)  

Pomp and Circumstance, No. 1
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)  

The Pines of Rome
Ottorino Respighi  (1879-1936)