REVIEW: In Disney In Concert: A Dream Is A Wish, the HKSW Symphonic Orchestra is remarkably versatile: as well as t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
The Prickle (@ThePrickle) January 02, 2022
The Hong Kong Symphonic Winds (HKSW) Symphony Orchestra once again grace the enormous Star Hall venue in KITEC, joined by a heavy rhythm section and a cast of four talented singers, for a phenomenal two hours showcasing the music of classic Disney movies.
Young fans delight in the lengthy medley from Frozen (2013), complete with falling snow over the audience. Mischa Ip gives a sterling vocal performance of the smash hit “Let It Go”, while the blazing “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II (2019) is one of the highlights of the whole concert.
Conducted by Fung Ka Hing, the HKSW Symphonic Orchestra is remarkably versatile: as well as the rocking pop beats of Disney’s modern movies, it is equally sensational to hear them handle the soft and schmaltzy strings in a medley from Cinderella (1950), and even classical repertoire, with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker forming part of the spell-binding overture, and Tchaikovsky’s adapated score to Sleeping Beauty (1959).
A significant chunk of the concert is given over to movies from the Disney “Renaissance” movies, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and even Hercules (1997), with an absolutely epic medley from The Lion King (1994) to close the first half. The sound is loud and bombastic throughout, to fill the massive arena space, but the audiovisual tech is flawless: truly, the dream that Disney fans wish does come true.
Playing 1 – 2 January 2022 at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC).