Fantasia Live with Orchestra

Friday, March 3 | 7:30 PM

Mizner Park Amphitheater


What better way to open this year’s Festival than with the animated classic that broke the mold, combining beautiful art with some of the greatest works in the classical repertoire? Remastered and projected on a giant screen, the film’s soundtrack will be performed live by Festival Orchestra Boca, conducted by Festival Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Fantasia was originally a feature film designed to engineer a comeback for Mickey Mouse, whose popularity had started to wane. It ended up being a two-year long project that was influenced by everything from The Three Stooges to astronomer Edwin Hubble, from the Ballet Russe to Bela Lugosi.  And it was pathbreaking in everything it did – from sound to art to the way it was marketed and distributed. The film debuted on November 13, 1940 and all proceeds on Opening Night went to aid those suffering from the Battle of Britain.

The film went on to break box office records and broad acclaim. It has since been named as the 58th greatest American film in the 20th century and the fifth greatest animated film of all time.

The presentation of the film with live orchestra is a significant event, indeed it as the inspiring film was meant to be shown (over 20 percent of the initial film’s release was spent creating “Fantasound,” a precursor to SurroundSound that gave viewers the impression that they were hearing a live orchestra).


Gates open early at 6:00 for an hour of fun family activities, including:

  • WLRN Instrument Petting Zoo ~ see, hear, touch, and maybe even play an orchestra instrument
  • Interactive art wall presented by art NEST
  • A special character from South Florida PBS will visit (who could it be?)
  • Popcorn & Cotton Candy
  • Cultural Council of Palm Beach County's Shades of Culture
  • Face Painters

ALSO, Fantasia will be preceded by the world premiere screening of a short film, Dear Bella, by Florida Atlantic University students, presented in partnership between Festival of the Arts Boca and FAU. (Click Program Button for Details)

"The most ambitious animated feature ever to come out of the Disney studios."

– TV Guide

"A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images."

– Rotten Tomatoes

“Fantasia dumps conventional formulas overboard and reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion ... Fantasia ... is simply terrific."

– New York Times


Artists & Authors

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Festival Orchestra Boca

Alfonso Gibson

Joseph J. Sodano


Mizner Park Amphitheater

Free Valet ParkingWith nearly 100 restaurants and eateries featuring cuisine and gourmet treats from around the world, Downtown Boca is a foodie’s dream come true. Make your plans or reservations now for a before-performance dinner date, drinks before the show, or a late-night supper or dessert. And parking in the Mizner Park parking garages is free!

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