St. Louis Symphony performing Fantasia this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- For Steven Jarvi, taking on Disney can be daunting.

"But with the film it's actually very, very tricky," says Steven Jarvi, the St. Louis Symphony resident conductor.  "So I'm always up watching the screen, and I have a click track in my ear, and the players are watching very carefully so it's a big challenge, but it's a unique challenge, and we like that here."

This weekend the resident conductor will play the classics as the St. Louis Symphony
undertake an effort that combines animation and an orchestra, the film Fantasia.

"I'm actually behind the screen so there's no opportunity for distraction," says harpist Allegra Lilly.  "But if I were in front I think I would have a hard time."

In 1940 Disney released Fantasia, a movie masterpiece.

More than one thousand artists and technicians worked on the project that combined animation and the Philadelphia orchestra.

This weekend, the second oldest orchestra in the nation, the St. Louis Symphony will be paired with the pictures on the big screen.

"The colors of the orchestra, those hazy sounds in Clair de Lune or those comic sounds in Sorcerer`s Apprentice with the bassoons," says Jarvi.   "Disney did a wonderful job of kind of capturing the color of the orchestra.  That great Technicolor sound."

For those checking out Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Bach and Debussy for the first time, Fantasia seems a fantastic voyage into classical music.

"It's kind of the perfect way to do it," says Lilly.  "To have something visual, that in itself is I think extremely helpful for people, especially young kids who don't have a lot of exposure to orchestral music."

Whether young or young at heart, sometimes, having something to see can enhance what you're hearing sonically.

It`s a blend of reality and fantasy, or in this case, Fantasia.