Classics in Context sponsored by Printing Partners is a series of free expert presentations on classical music and related issues. Viewers can join in via Zoom teleconferencing and pose questions after the discussion.
The Maestros and the Mouse: The Use and Influence of Classical Music Through Disney History Grammy Award-winning Disney Music producer and historian Randy Thornton explores Disney’s skillful use of classical masterpieces that have been woven through such works as Silly Symphonies, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty and the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction. The program covers such luminaries as Edvard Grieg, Leopold Stokowski, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Jacques Offenbach, and concludes with a Q&A session.
About the presenter Randy Thornton has been a producer at Walt Disney Records for over 33 years. During that time, his work has received 10 gold records, four platinum records, six Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award. He also produced the historical box sets Annette: A Musical Reunion with America’s Girl-Next-Door, Walt Disney and the 1964 World’s Fair, and A Musical History of Disneyland. Thornton is now Supervising Producer and Music Historian for the Disney Music Group.
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