Gainesville Orchestra’s season finale features music, animation


Cartoonist Sally Cantirino, right, works on a watercolor of a Red Riding Hood-type character, as Evans Haile, conductor of the Gainesville Orchestra, talks with her at the Harn Museum of Art.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

While Disney movies are often known for memorable soundtracks, attending a screening means you won’t hear the music performed live. Friday’s performance by the Gainesville Orchestra will change that, however.

Facts

‘Around the World with Disney’

What: Gainesville Orchestra’s season-finale performance with animation demonstrations and other events offered at the Harn Museum of Art
When: Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phillips Center; the Harn Museum and its Camelia Court Cafe will be open 5-7 p.m.
Where: Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road
Tickets: $35, $25 for seniors, $15 for students and children. Admission to the Harn Museum is free
Info: 392-2787, Gcomusic.org

The orchestra’s final concert of its 30th anniversary season will feature musical scores — and animation — from “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules” and other Disney films at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phillips Center.

Before the concert, the Harn Museum of Art will host an animation workshop with Gainesville artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Three illustrators will do art demonstrations and work with children to create their own characters on the spot, and the Harn will provide art supplies.

“Participating in the workshop is free,” says Tami Wroath, director of marketing and public relations for the Harn Museum. “Even if you can’t afford to see the orchestra, you can still enjoy dinner and see the illustrators draw.”

The Camellia Café also will be open until 7 p.m. Friday night, and Wroath recommends people make dinner reservations.

Gainesville Orchestra conductor Evans Haile and the 70-plus members of the Orchestra will perform the original orchestration of the films, so it will sound just like it did in the movies. This is the fourth year the orchestra has collaborated with the Harn and the Cultural Plaza, Haile says.

“It’s the whole experience,” he said. “First you get to watch the animation, then have dinner and finally watch the concert. It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend, and it’ll cost you less than taking the whole family to the movies.”

The performance also features a moment in which people can walk through the orchestra and feel what it sounds like from the inside, Haile says.

“People tell me all the time, ‘But I don’t have any kids, can I still go?’” he says. “Everyone can come and see us. You don’t have to steal a child to walk through the orchestra.”

Earlier Friday, the orchestra will perform a free concert with transportation included for about 1,800 Alachua County students, he said. “When you look at the locations of the Disney films, they’re all different,” he said. “This opens up kids eyes to different experiences, and for those kids who may never get the chance to have that experience, it opens up their world.”

Sally Cantirino, an artist participating in the animation workshop at the Harn Museum, says she also hopes to broaden children’s perspectives but through another medium — art. “We’ll be teaching kids how to create characters that are unique from a storytelling and visual standpoint,” she says. “Children really understand storytelling and art, even if it’s just scribbles.”

The Sequential Artists Workshop, which is providing the illustrators for the event, is an intensive, informal school for graphic novels and comic art in Gainesville, according to its website.

“Art education like this and the Gainesville Orchestra is incredibly important to children,” she says. “Art inspires creative thinking, and in a time where schools stress test scores so much, it’s important to give kids an outlet.”

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