Aladdin Music Medley on piano

Aladdin Music Medley on piano

I’ve been listing to a >3 hour Disney Piano Medley on the YouTube channel of “kno Disney Piano Channel” these past days. Of course such a medley includes lovely and relaxing renditions of Aladdin’s music. In the first half an hour A Whole New World, Arabian Nights and One Jump Ahead can be heard plus Howard Ashman‘s beautiful Proud of Your Boy. The latter can be listened to in a separate video on kno’s YT channel.

Disney in Concert 2014

Disney in Concert 2014

Last Saturday, August 16th, I attended Disney in Concert in the concert hall of Amsterdam. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it before so’ll explain a bit what’s it about. It’s a concert band, in this case the Metropole Orchestra, with 4 singers playing and singing music from Disney animated movies while clips from the films where shown on a big screen.
The show had a duration for 2 hours and where a mix of instrumental music and singing in both English and Dutch. Most of the music was from the 1980s and 1990s classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and of course Aladdin. While Tangled and Frozen came along as well.
Being a Disney fanatic myself I naturally had a great time hearing especially the music preformed live by a big orchestra. I had a hard time not to sing along and sit still during the show. I’ve embedded a YouTube clip of the press event and a clip from last year’s edition.
I hope it returns next year.

Celinde Schoenmaker “Let It Go”

Last year Celinde Shoenmaker “Dat is Mijn Wens” & Freek Bartels “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”

Artsylum Quartet Aladdin Medley

Artsylum Quartet Aladdin Medley

There very talented young performers from the Artsylum Quarte, piano, violin and bass, preform a wonderful rendition of Arabian Nights, A Friend Like Me, Prince Ali and A Whole New World. The latter was really amazing to listen and enjoy the beautiful composition by Alan Menken. Shame about the background noises though. Also listen to their The Little Mermaid medley, Pocahontas and Mulan preforms at their Youtube account.

Fun Interview with Jonathan Freeman, Scott Freeman and Linda Larkin

Fun Interview with Jonathan Freeman, Scott Freeman and Linda Larkin

The guys behind the Tiara Talk Show talked with the lead voice actors of Aladdin, Scott Wienger, Linda Larkin and Jonathan Freeman about how they ended up being the voice of popular Disney characters for almost 2 decades, how they got the part,  why they love their work and working for Disney in general. There’s some inside talk  about things like  the Music behind the Magic 4 CD box that contains demo recordings for songs that didn’t make into the final film, the inside joke of Scott Weinger dressing up as Aladdin in that Full House 2 part episode when the family went on holiday to Walt Disney World. And other stuff like the musical stage show in Disney California adventures.

Part of His World – celebrating Howard Ashman’s life & work

Part of His World - celebrating Howard Ashman's life & work

Howard Ashaman’s sister, Sarah Ashman Gillespie s recently started a blog devoted to her brother the amazing lyricist, composer, producer, writer and creative genius who past away far to early now almost 21 years ago to the day. With this blog she recalls her childhood and talks with the many people Howard worked with and became friends like some of the big names at the Disney animation studio in California. One of them John Musker co-director/co-writer/co-producer  of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin anwsers 10 questions about working with Howard Ashman. So far he is on the 3th question. The second one, counting down from 10 it’s actually the 8th, he’s been asked.

“This is a tricky one. How different would Aladdin have turned out had Howard lived? Did Howard ever write a screenplay or did Linda Woolverton write the original draft?”