What: pop-culture philharmonia
When: December 26 (French) & 27 (Dutch) 2017
Where: Brussels Expo, Laeken (Brussels), Belgium
Disney in Concert was a two day philharmonic concert event, taking place just after the holidays to keep the magic of Christmas just going a that little bit longer.
The first show on December 26th focussed on French versions of the songs, whilst the second show on December 27th focussed on Dutch versions. For people that are bilingual, this is a real treat, as both days featured different vocalist.
I only attended the second day showing, so I this review focusses on that, and that alone.
It’s a grand performance for sure, with 80+ musicians on stage at any given time. So it’s unsurprising the event took place in one of the concert halls of Brussels Expo.
The instrumental parts were performed by the European Philarmonia, led by conductor Walter Proost. Vocalists for this performance were singer Gene Thomas, actor and singer Giovanni Kemper and two Flemish Disney stars: Deborah De Ridder and Elke Buyle. Who all did a splendid job on their vocal parts.
The concert had a good mix between instrumental only songs and those with actual singing. Whenever a song would be performed, the background screen would display scenes from it’s source, including some rare footage and original storyboards.
Where needed, an introduction was made to a section of music by either the organiser of MB presents or one of the vocalists.
There were classic songs from lesser known movies, and absolute crowd pleasers that everyone could sing along too.
What was awesome was that they threw in the occasional original English language version of a song. I loved that touch, because I’m not familiar with most Disney songs in Dutch at all, and judging from the amount of people my age and younger in the crowd, without children, I wasn’t the only one.
That brings me to my next point, you may feel like this is a family only affair, or an afternoon for kids. Nothing is more untrue. Whilst yes, there were quite a few families with children, the fast majority were adult Disney fans that showed up with friends or as a couple without kids. So if that’s something that held you back this time, don’t let it hold you back the next edition if you love the music of Disney!
The orchestra was fenominal, the vocalists did a great job, and everyone on stage clearly enjoyed themselves just as much as people in the crowd.
One encore ended up in three, even if it meant having to repeat a few songs, which absolutely no one seemed to mind. Testament were the amount of lighters and mobile phones being held up and the roaring standing ovation, that happened like three times in a row.
Like I said before, if you enjoy the music of Disney, this is an event well worth attending. Because it makes for an excellent, music filled afternoon.
Although I personally think it would be kinda cool if next time they do four dates and add a German (for our poor German Belgians that always get forgotten!) and English date to the list. (Although I’m pretty sure absolutely no one wants to hear me singing along).
I have done my best to reassemble the set-list, but it may be not 100% correct/complete. At the very least it should give you a really good idea of the songs they played and the movies they originated from.
1. instrumental medley: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South), You can Fly (Peter Pan), Chim Chim Cher-ee- (Mary Poppins), Step in Time (Mary Poppins), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins), I’m Late (Alice in Wonderland), Mad Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland), Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Cinderella), Cinderella (Cinderella), Mickey Mouse March (The Mickey Mouse Club), It’s a Small World After All (It’s a Small World), Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.
2. Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid – Deborah De Ridder)
3. Happy Ending (The Little Mermaid – instrumental)
4. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid – Gene Thomas)
5. Poor Unfortunate Souls (instrumental)
6. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas – Elke Buylen)
7. Prologue (Beauty and the Beast – instrumental)
8. Belle (Beauty and the Beast – Deborah De Ridder)
9. West Wing (Beauty and the Beast – instrumental)
10. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast – Giovanni Kemper)
11. Tale as Old as Time (Beauty and the Beast – Elke Buylen & Gene Thomas)
12. I Wanna be like You (Jungle Book – Giovanni Kemper, English version)
13. Chim Chim Cher-ee- (Mary Poppins – all vocalists)
14. Jolly Holiday (Mary Poppins – all vocalists)
15. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins – all vocalists)
16. Step in Time (Mary Poppins – all vocalists)
17. The Bells of Notre Dame (The Hunchback of the Notre Dame – instrumental)
18. Into the Sunlight (The Hunchback of the Notre Dame – instrumental)
19. The Bells of Notre Dame – reprise (The Hunchback of the Notre Dame – instrumental)
20. Let it Go (Frozen – Elke Buylen)
21. Arabian Nights (Aladdin – instrumental)
22. Friend Like Me (Aladdin – Giovanni Kemper)
23. A Whole New World (Aladdin – Debora De Ridder and Gene Thomas)
24. Pirates of the Caribbean movie soundtrack medley (instrumental)
25. Circle of Life (The Lion King – Gen Thomas, Dutch version)
26. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King (The Lion King – Elke Buylen and Giovanni Kemper)
27. Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King – Giovanni Kemper)
28. Under The Stars (The Lion King – instrumental)
29. Circle of Life (English version)
30. It’s a Small World After All (all vocalists, English version)
31. Prologue (Beauty and the Beast – instrumental)
32. Belle (Beauty and the Beast – Deborah De Ridder)
33. West Wing (Beauty and the Beast – instrumental)
34. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast – Giovanni Kemper)
35. Tale as Old as Time (Beauty and the Beast – Elke Buylen & Gene Thomas)
36. Let it Go (Frozen – Elke Buylen)
You may wonder why I’m talking about a Disney concert on a site that focusses on steampunk and dieselpunk.
I would like to remind you that Disney is the studio that brought us ‘punk marvels such as The Rocketeer and Treasure Planet, and even Launchpad McQuack in the current, and most excellent, remake of Ducktales.
To name but a few.
The studio has a grand tradition of incorporating ‘punk in it’s movies, cartoons, parks and so forth, so it is only logical that we include events like these on our site.
All photos are by Dream Team, used with permission and kindly provided by the organisation of the event: MB presents.