DISNEY FANTASIA LIVE IN CONCERT – NOW ON TOUR; Conductor Ted Sperling With the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

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WHEN:  March 9, 2016

WHERE: Sarasota, FL – City of Sarasota-Roskamp Auditorium

Conductor Ted Sperling

  • Music Director and Conductor for both revivals and critically acclaimed productions of “The King and I” and “Fiddler on The Roof,” currently on Broadway
  • Tony and Drama Desk Award winner

With the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

  • Recorded “Hateful 8” soundtrack which just won composer Ennio Morricone a 2016 BAFTA for Best Original Music and Golden Globe for Best Score. The score is also nominated for an Academy Award.



 Fantasia Live in Concert On Tour web page


Disney FANTASIA: Live In Concert

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 ca. 3’00 2000 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 – III, IV, V ca. 11’00 1940 Piotr I. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite ca. 15’00 1940

C. Debussy Claire de Lune ca. 6’00 1940 Igor Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 Version) ca. 9’15 2000

— Pause—

Ottorino Respighi

Pines of Rome – I, III, IV

ca. 10’00



Camille Saint-Saëns

The Carnival of the Animals

ca. 2’00


Amilcare Ponchielli Dance of the Hours ca. 12’19 1940 Paul Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ca. 9’00 1940 & 2000 Sir Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance ca. 7’30 2000




TED SPERLING has maintained an active and successful career in the theater and concert worlds for over thirty years. A multi-faceted artist, he is a director, music director, conductor, orchestrator, singer, pianist, violinist and violist. He is the Artistic Director of MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale,) and Principal Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic.

Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include the rapturously received revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I and South Pacific; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. Off- Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

Mr. Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of five musicals: Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film, Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins, which has been shown in five international festivals. Recent gala concerts that Mr. Sperling has directed include: Show Boat, starring Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Norm Lewis and the NY Philharmonic: One Singular Sensation, featuring Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto and the original cast of A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Anika Noni Rose, Martin Short and Eric Idle; Cabaret with Anne Hathaway, Harvey Feierstein, Linda Lavin, Raul Esparza and Eddie Redmayne; Song of Norway with Judy Kaye, Santino Fontana, Jason Danieley and Alexandra Silber; and The Mikado with Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara, Jonathan Freeman, Steve Rosen, Lauren Worsham, Jason Danieley and Christopher Fitzgerald.

Mr. Sperling has an active concert career, working with many major symphony orchestras, and singers Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Idina Menzel, Paulo Szot and Deborah Voigt. He has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic, for Live at Lincoln Center, the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center and the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall include the NY premieres of Not the Messiah starring Eric Idle; Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise starring Anthony Dean Griffey; and Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera, The Grapes of Wrath, starring Nathan Gunn, Elizabeth Futral, Christine Ebersole and Victoria Clark. Mr. Sperling conducted Audra McDonald in a double bill of La Voix Humaine and the world premiere of Send: Who Are You? I Love You? at the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Sperling’s television appearances include many Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts, as well as a Saturday Night Live Christmas show with Michael Bublé.

Mr. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater, is a consultant to the Public Theater, and is Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals.

For more information, please visit www.cami.com and www.tedsperling.net.



Celebrating its 22nd birthday in 2015, the CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra annually presents a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals. In its new era, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is also organizing summer Prague Proms Festival which annually attracts the audience for presenting greatest international performers. Such composers, conductors, and performers as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, or Steven Mercurio repeatedly come back to Prague to either record with the orchestra in its studio or perform in the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague´s Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra.

Besides concerts in auditoriums and concert halls, the CNSO has accompanied some of the most important pop artists of our time, among them Andrea Bocelli, Sting and George Michael. Successful tours have taken place over the British Isles, France, Germany, Spain, Dubai, Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Among the highlights of the last concert season undoubtedly belonged the collaboration with Vince Mendoza, one of the best contemporary crossover conductors, and world renowned trumpet player Randy Brecker. On the classical field, the orchestra renewed its longtime cooperation with Andrea Bocelli. Launched in the spring 2013, a European concert tour of Rolando Villazon has been accompanied by the CNSO.

Recorded in orchestra´s studio and famous Prague´s music halls, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra’s recordings are on sale all over the world, and the orchestra takes pride in several Gold CDs (for more than 30,000 copies sold) which it has produced. They have earned the Gustav Mahler Prize, awarded for the interpretation of Mahler’s works. Their achievements also include the long- standing recording project in association with Victor Entertainment Company.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl. A spiritual father at the birth of the CNSO was the legendary conductor Zdeněk Košler. In the year 1996, the American Paul Freeman took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for fantastic ten years. At the beginning of the year 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named the Chief Conductor and he still remains at this position today.



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