FMF 2018: Beauty and the Beast – Disney's concert

Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:00 PM

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:00 PM
  • TAURON Arena Kraków, ul. Lema 7

Beauty and the Beast is surely known and loved by everyone. Literary versions date back to the 18th century, each more touching than the other. “If you’re moved by something, you’re more moved when you hear some of those Alan Menken notes or hear some of those Howard Ashman lyrics,” says the American director Bill Condon explaining the lasting power of the classic Walt Disney animation from 1991. Despite initial doubts, Condon agreed to direct a brand new live action version of the story. On International Children’s Day, the organisers of the FMF are joined by the Walt Disney Company Poland to present the latest interpretation of the fairytale: the first screening in this part of Europe of Beauty and the Beast (2017) with a live orchestral accompaniment. For the first time ever the concert version features soloists performing their parts live, bringing a whole new dimension to the cult songs. This follows the director’s original vision, described by the composer Alan Menkel: “As the characters become three-dimensional, Bill wanted to rewrite the music to match that.” Captivating images on the big screen (Rococo interiors, enchanted forest, frozen lake and ice gates!), soloists, the Polish Radio Choir and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra under the baton of Erik Ochsner on the stage – it will be a truly unforgettable evening! (1 June, Tauron Arena Kraków)

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