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5 Things That Made The D23 Expo Silly Symphony Concert Amazing
There’s nothing more satisfying than listening to live orchestra. But when you throw Disney and the D23 Expo into the mix, you know your concert bar has been raised a few notches. I attended the D23 Expo Silly Symphony Concert, and came out with 5 things that made this live performance epic-ly awesome!
They Kept the Orchestra Genuine
These folks were super talented. A complete 32 piece orchestra performed this concert, very similar to the size used during the recordings of the Silly Symphony Cartoons. I saw that one guy had a saxophone, clarinet and flute all played during the same song. And a huge shout out to the percussion section. They made some of the more odd noises, using different “instruments” and even using their voices to carry out the particular sound. And boy did that sound carry through our exhibition room. Ah-mazing.
It was hosted by Leonard Maltin
Don’t know this movie legend? He’s basically “the man” when it comes to movies. Highly acclaimed film critic and historian, author and creator of the Walt Disney Treasures collection, this guy definitely has a grip on films through history. So what a treat to hear him speak about the Silly Symphony Collection, the rich Disney history behind them and his own thoughts on this huge collection of 75 short films.
They Played the Silly Symphony Cartoons in Synchronization
It felt like you were in the recording studio with the orchestra. To hear not only the original pieces played, but to hear it live while watching the Silly Symphonies on the big screen at the same time, it was a once in a lifetime concert experience. The films shown with high-quality, newly restored digital film masters, nostalgic favorites like The Old Mill, Flowers & Trees, and The Three Little Pigs really highlighted the cinematography of that time.
The Standing Ovation Was Incredible
After 70 minutes (which felt like only 10), the orchestra bowed. And the results? The Disney fan appreciation for this concert was astounding. A room full of Disney fanatics, this house thundered with applause. The Silly Symphony Concert was a highlight of the D23 Expo, perhaps never being able to hear this
We Can Now Own This Piece of Disney Music History
Couldn’t be there for the actual Silly Symphony performance? That’s ok! Because now we can own The Silly Symphony Collection! Featuring all 75 songs from the 1929-1939 classic short films, this is definitely a treat for Disney lovers. All soundtracks have been restored, placed on 16 beautiful vinyl discs, and boxed for the perfect Disney gift. Includes some of the wonderful artwork and a digital copy of the songs, so you can enjoy anywhere! LOVE this. Check out the set, rekindle those nostalgic Disney moments, and feel like you’re in the recording studio with the orchestra too.
Have you been following my D23 Expo journey? Check out what we’ve experienced so far:
- Pixar & Disney Animation Movie Updates
- Walt Disney Animation Short Films Exclusive Interview
- Disney Parks & Resorts Updates
- Marvel, Star Wars & Disney Live Action Movie Updates
- Live Disney Playmation Demo
- Disneyland 60
Which Silly Symphony Cartoon was your favorite growing up? I still sing “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” from my childhood 🙂
Disclosure ~ I was invited to attend and all-inclusive Disney press trip in exchange for this posting. All magical opinions are my own. Be sure to follow Raising Whasians for more travel tips, reviews and family moments!
Sandy Klocinski says
Sounds like a fun time
“The Three Little Pigs” is one of my classic favorites, too. It sounds like it was very, very special.
Olivia B says
Sounds like so much fun! Great memories indeed!
Sounds like a concert I would of thoroughly enjoyed. I love Disney music.
Amy Green says
What a fantastic experience to be treasured! I just love Leonard Maltin and all of his film expertise. I wish he hadn’t chosen to quit issuing paper editions of his annual movie reviews book. It is such a treat to see him do the new program on Turner Classic Movies with the classic Disney lineup. It is a shame that more children nowadays don’t get to see classic Disney films and shorts. That was one of my most favorite things growing up, and getting to watch them on the Disney channel. I don’t know if I could ever have a favorite Silly Symphony short, but thanks to my mom, I don’t have to! She bought me the Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies tin as a special gift. I can never say “thank you” enough, but I do try!