By Christopher Arnott
4:40 PM EDT, October 22, 2013
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has played Mussorgsky. They've played Die Fledermaus. On Saturday the HSO interprets Mickey Mouse.
The event, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Bushnell (166 Capitol Ave., Hartford), is Disney's Fantasia in Concert, with the orchestra accompanying clips from the classic original 1940 version of Fantasia as well as its sequel Fantasia 2000. The films created cartoon music videos from familiar classical compositions such as Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (starring Mickey), Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (with butterflies and bats) and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite (danced by fairies, mushrooms and fish).
Disney's Fantasia concerts have been held by symphony orchestras all over the country. There's a slight local angle to this Connecticut rendition. Deems Taylor, the eminent composer and conductor who is in the Fantasia film as its narrator (while Leopold Stokowski conducts), had a house in Stamford. $20-$67.50, $10 students (bushnell.org or hartfordsymphony.org).
The multicultural, multimedia vibe isn't limited to symphonic cartoon rodents. On the same night, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., UConn's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts presents The Idan Raichel Project, that inspired mash-up of Israeli, Ethiopian, Arabic and other sounds promoting global harmony. The concert, part of Jorgensen's Dance Cabaret series, celebrates Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an international tribute to the journalist who was murdered by Al-Qaeda terrorists in 2002. (2132 Hillside Rd., Storrs. (860) 486-4226, jorgensen.uconn.edu. $15-$25.)
At the Wesleyan Center for the Arts' Crowell Concert Hall (283 Washington Terrace, Middletown; $21-$25, $6 Wesleyan students) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., there's the accomplished Malian rock/blues guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, son of the great Ali Farka Touré. It's a homecoming for Touré, whose first U.S. appearance was at Wesleyan in 2007. Prior to the concert, Vieux Farka Touré is giving a free lecture/demonstration in the Daltry Room (60 Wyllys Ave., Middletown, wesleyan.edu/cfa).