Tribute to Walt Disney

Tribute to Walt Disney

Concert Program

Disney Classics Overture

Arranged by Bruce Healey

You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly
Chim Chim Cher-ee
Step In Time
The Work Song
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Mickey Mouse March
It’s A Small World

The Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite

Music by Alan Menken

Arranged by Alan Menken, Robby Merkin, Thomas Pasatieri, & Ted Ricketts

The Chronicles of Narnia

Music by Harry Gregson-Williams & Steve Barton

Arranged by Stephen Bulla

Highlights from Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken

Arranged by Calvin Custer

Disney Medley

Arranged by Bill Holcombe


The Lion King Medley

Music by Hans Zimmer

Arranged by Brad Kelley

The Prince of Egypt

Music by Stephen Schwartz

Arranged by Charles Sayre

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Music by Hans Zimmer

Arranged by Paul Lavender & Robert Longfield

Tribute to Walt Disney

Arranged by Bill Holcombe


Alexis Armstrong – Mezzo-Soprano

Alexis is very excited to be joining the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra this Summer. A trained actor/singer/dancer, she is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy. Alexis’ most recent local theatrical performances include the role of Bombularina in Cats (Highland Park Players), Anna in The King and I (Footlighters), Aldonza in The Man of La Mancha (GTG), and Charity in Sweet Charity (North Shore Theater). Other favorite roles include Jane in Jane Eyre, Rose in Aspects of Love, and Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (Big Noise Theatre). Alexis also teaches musical theater classes for children and ballet at the Glencoe Park District. She dedicates this performance to her two lovely daughters who are huge fans of the magical Walt Disney.

Program Notes

Mary Poppins

This classic musical film, centering on the titular nanny who brings magic into the lives of a dysfunctional family, was a major box office hit in 1964. It also earned a great deal of acclaim, including thirteen Academy Award…

The Little Mermaid

In the 25 years since this film’s original release, it has cemented its status as a major turning point in the Disney animation legacy. After more than a decade of films that failed to achieve the combination of critical and financial success…

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The first in an ongoing adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ epic fantasy books, “Wardrobe” spent nearly a decade in various phases of development before getting the green light in the early 2000s and being released in 2005. The massive success of the…

Beauty and the Beast

This musical romantic fantasy was a milestone in the history of animated features. In addition to a strong, positive critical reception, and global box office grosses in excess of $400 million, the film became the first animated feature…

The Lion King

The heart of the Disney Renaissance can be found in this modern classic. Although the story carried influences of various biblical tales, as well as “Hamlet”, “The Lion King” was the first Disney animated feature not explicitly…

The Prince of Egypt

Although not produced by Walt Disney Animation, this 1998 film features many of the elements and behind-the-scenes talent that had been involved in then-recent Disney productions. The debut feature from DreamWorks Animation, the…

Pirates of the Caribbean

Disney’s swashbuckling franchise was an unlikely blockbuster – prior to the release of the first film, “Curse of the Black Pearl”, the concept of an big-budget adventure movie based on a theme park ride was frequently…