For many the first piece of classical music was not heard in the concert hall. It was most likely heard as the soundtrack to a cartoon or film.
And the films that are frequently associated with that introduction belong to Walt Disney - most notably "Fantasia", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, "Cinderella" and "Pinocchio".
To honor the esteemed link between these films and classical music - and to celebrate the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum (which opens in San Francisco's Presidio in October) - The San Francisco Symphony is offering a special concert featuring selections from these films.
By far, the film that many cite as instilling a love for classical musical works is the 1942 Disney film "Fantasia".
Here is where Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain", Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, and Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" are, typically, first heard by children. And that's as good an introduction to classical as a child can get.
The SFS will perform those works as well as those by Tchaikovsky, Rossini and others that were used in Disney's films. Soprano Lisa Vroman joins the Orchestra for this concert.
WHEN: 8 p.m., Oct. 16
WHERE: Davies Symphony Hall,201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
TICKETS: $15-$70 (half price for ages 17 and under)
INFORMATION: (415) 864-6000 or sfsymphony.org.
Rossini - "Overture to William Tell"
Tchaikovsky - Waltz, from "Sleeping Beauty Suite", Opus 66a
David/Hoffman/Livingston / "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," from "Cinderella"
Morey/Churchill, arr. Bishop - "Some Day My Prince Will Come," from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F major, Opus 68
Mussorgsky - "Night on Bald Mountain"
Grieg - "March of the Dwarfs", from Lyric Suite, Opus 54
Washington/Harline - "When You Wish Upon a Star," from "Pinocchio"
Dukas - "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"