RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Richard Kaufman conductor
With top Broadway vocalists Candice Safstrom, Whitney Kaufman,
Aaron Philips & Andrew Johnson
Saturday 23rd June, 3pm & 7pm
National Concert Hall
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies, with favourite Disney themes performed live and favourite clips on the big screen, will pack in young and old in two shows on Saturday 23 June at the National Concert Hall. Audiences can rediscover Walt Disney’s most memorable characters and stories through some of the best movie themes ever written, from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King and more. And appropriately for a concert that will appeal so strongly to families, there is a family connection on stage: conductor Richard Kaufman and one of the top Broadway vocalists taking part, Whitney Claire Kaufman, are father and daughter. As Richard comments:
‘It’s always a thrill to be able to share the stage with my daughter, Whitney Claire. Music has been such a wonderful part of our lives from the time Whitney was just a little girl (actually, she’ll ALWAYS be my “little girl”). To have the opportunity to perform together with three other extremely talented singers and one of the world’s great orchestras is very special indeed! Whitney and I have done concerts with several orchestras including Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony. We have also worked together in recording studios here in Los Angeles. As a conductor, I appreciate her professionalism, great discipline, passion and dedication to every performance she gives. As a Dad, It’s a joy for me to watch and hear her pursuing and enjoying what has become quite a successful career. I guess you could say that for me, working with my beautiful daughter is as good as it gets for a Dad who also happens to be a conductor!’
Whitney Claire Kaufman joins this special Disney celebration very soon after a more personal celebration of her own, having got married just two weeks ago – the attached picture shows her with her proud father on the day.
Richard has a long and distinguished history in film music – he was head of MGM Studios Music Department for many years, played violin on iconic films including Jaws and Close Encounters and has played in the orchestra for the Oscars.
With showings at 3pm and 7pm, audiences of all ages can share in the magic of Disney as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra brings all of your favourites to life.
Disney Classics Overture
The Little Mermaid Medley
“Colors of the Wind”
Beauty and the Beast Medley
“I Wanna Be Like You
Mary Poppins Sing Along
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Medley
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Lion King Suite
“It’s A Small World”
Tickets: €25–€35 (conc. €22–€33)
10% group discount available
Booking: 01 417 0000 or www.rte.ie/co