Disney in Concert Hong Kong Sinfonietta City Hall Concert Hall Reviewed: Jan 15 It could have attracted hordes of youngsters, with parents in tow, but this programme of music from Disney film scores produced the opposite: a sea of adults, no doubt brimming with happy memories of their first encounters with the animator's magical world, and a healthy smattering of children. Keeping a packed house rapt says something about the quality of both the original songs and the Disney corporation's orchestral arrangements that were used throughout the show. An evening of wordless tunes without images would be as marketable as a single chopstick, but the projections happily supplemented the music rather than superseded it, using a judicious mix of original animated scenes, stills and pre-production sketches. Jason Lai, the Sinfonietta's current artist associate, was the conductor/compere, his stage presence suitably genial for the event but his links between items weak, reading from notes while still making fluffs and repeating lines. He toured crisply through suites from The Little Mermaid, Enchanted and Pirates of the Caribbean but it was in the final selection from The Lion King that the sound galvanised. A whole evening of razzmataz is a hard blow for the brass who now revealed what they'd been keeping in reserve; or maybe they'd been deferring to the strings who simply needed more players to maintain a better balance than was achieved, for example, in Beauty and the Beast. The encore underscored the captivating atmosphere, however, with an on-stage sprouting of Mickey Mouse ears and a full-throated audience bringing down the curtain with a bilingual rendition of It's a Small World.