When the Disney empire makes the chorus beat

25 concerts throughout France celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Cedric Duquesnoy

This weekend, more than 310 very high-level amateur singers met at Paris La Défense Arena to celebrate the centenary of the studios in music.

Good-natured atmosphere this November 10 in the audience-free enclosure of La Défense Arena. Less than twenty-four hours before the first of 25 concerts throughout France celebrating the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney Company, the ten choirs gathered for the occasion took their place behind the Sinfonia Pop Orchestra. Surrounded by the giant screens on which images of the firm’s clics parade, they greet with a joyful “ola” the entrance of their leader, Igor Bouin, who has donned a coat worthy of the Disneyland Christmas parade. The dress rehearsal can begin.

For five hours, the hits follow one another at a hellish tempo, led by a supercharged Constantin Rouits. Recalling how much the history of Disney is linked to the music of all styles that has supported it. As soon as the curtain falls, the opening medley, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, immerses us in the unique sound universe of Disney from the 1930s-1950s. A mixture of orchestral opulence and enveloping choirs that take us back…

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