The New York Philharmonic celebrated its 2022 Spring Gala in style, bringing the magic of the movies to life in a festive evening chaired by Alexander and Kristen Klabin, James and Margo Nederlander, and Mary Wallach. Academy Award–nominated composer David Newman led the Orchestra in selections from Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 — including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, and, of course, Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — while Disney’s groundbreaking animation was projected on a giant screen for audience members of all ages to enjoy. Part of the NY Phil’s The Art of the Score, the performance was preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by dinner.
Newman remarked from the podium on how the original Fantasia had the power to uplift and inspire when the country was emerging from the Great Depression, as it does now as we emerge from two years of the pandemic.