Harmonious features the work of more than 200 musicians including Luis Fonsi, Lindsey Stirling and American Idol finalist Danny Gokey

Aug 13, 2021 in "Harmonious"

Posted: Friday August 13, 2021 11:02am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

We are just under 50 days away from the debut of EPCOT'S new nighttime spectacular "Harmonious," and we are learning more about the music of the show.

The soundtrack for "Harmonious" was produced remotely through more than 100 separate recording sessions in nine different countries and five states. In total, nearly 240 musicians, artists, composers, arrangers, cultural consultants, and vocalists contributed to the unique and wholly authentic sound of the show.

Award-winning Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi, responsible for several global hits including "Despacito," joins Mexican singer-songwriter Joy for a rousing, pan-Latin version of songs from "Coco" and "Saludos Amigos." A fresh and vibrant arrangement of "Dig a Little Deeper" from "The Princess and the Frog" features vocalist Bryson Camper and legendary Gospel artists Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, and musical selections from "Mulan," "The Jungle Book," and "Aladdin" are highlighted by the vocal talents of Wang Liuqi, Hollie Hammel, Aditya Rao, Gaayatri Kaundinya, Jorgie Shkara, and Sanaa Marahati. Title

The Ndlovu Youth Choir from Johannesburg contributes a medley of favorites from "The Lion King," performed in both English and Zulu. We also hear a duet with French pop singer Damien Sargue, belting "Out There" from Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and the music of Disney and Pixar's "Brave" gets a Celtic kick from the dueling violins of Grammy and Emmy-nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt and platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer Lindsey Stirling.

"Harmonious" opens with an inspiring medley of "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana" and "Go the Distance" from "Hercules," performed by "American Idol" finalist and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Gokey and vocalists Elisha Garrett and Ninet Tayeb. The show builds to a finale that unites everyone around World Showcase and from around the world, as many of the musical artists come together to perform a poignant and powerful song, bringing "Harmonious" to an emotional close.

Throughout the soundtrack, there's also a musical motif in the form of the soaring melody of composer Pinar Toprak's new EPCOT anthem, and all these diverse pieces of music are artfully woven together by arranger Mark Hammond and Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Music Producer and Creative Director Yaron Spiwak.

"Harmonious" debuts October 1 as part of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Vinnie Mac5 hours ago

It was insane. The theme park community on Roblox is one dedicated community. Haven't gotten that excited over a kid game in so long.

trainplane37 hours ago

I saw that too. Tons of effort went into that and it came out great considering the limits of Roblox. The fact the arms move correctly is really neat.

Vinnie Mac10 hours ago

Alright so I know most people here probably don't even know what Roblox is, but I just wanted to share this with anyone who's interested. A group called "WED Imagineering" recreated HarmonioUS in the game Roblox. Gotta say, was pretty impressive.

Vinnie Mac10 hours ago

I've noticed that the Stargate projections don't break as often as they used to.

Squishy23 hours ago

Seems like they do a lot of Disney shows MBA collaborated with Disney to produce these wonderfully magic moments from parks around the world. Projects range from castle projection shows from Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Disneyland to musical Broadway-style spectaculars on Disney Cruise Lines, water projection shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, California Adventure and Disneyland and much more.

trainplane31 day ago

It looks like Martin Brinkerhoff Associates had a hand in the show? Not anything we haven't seen before but some unique angles. https://www.linkedin.com/company/martin-brinkerhoff-associates A company with over a quarter century of creativity, international expertise, a portfolio of thousands of projects, a passion for technical wizardry, and a can-do attitude. Whether it's an entertainment spectacle, live performance, business meeting or gala...whether the audience is thousands, hundreds, or one at a time… We Create the Experience. MBA puts the MULTI in multimedia, blending theatrical performance with projection mapping, video production, lighting, sound and story to amaze, engage and inspire.

Skibum19703 days ago

Did somebody remember to cover up that little hole that would allow an explosion to take the whole thing down? I like SSE and, with its normal stoppages while riding, I don't want to become another victim of the Rebellion's aggressive and uncalled for attacks.

TikibirdLand3 days ago

Skibum19703 days ago

Good night!!! They're going to blow up Spaceship Earth!!!!

Crazydisneyfanluke3 days ago

I believe the laser hits SSE. It shouldn't be a problem.

Disney Analyst3 days ago

Are they broken or turned off? I know at DCA for World of Color, the higher lasers will get turned off during the show due to planes and stuff.

HauntedPirate3 days ago

But… but… $lappie said everyone loves Disney songs! What’s wrong with you monsters!?!?!

Kevinitobrownie283 days ago

This is exactly how I felt whenever I watch it. The show is a lot flash with very little substance. I felt it to be lazy and completely disappointing for a Disney firework display. I am really hoping this show will not last nearly as long as IllumiNations.

Brer Oswald4 days ago

That’s how I felt. Very pretty. I like the water effects and such. But there’s absolutely zero substance to the show. It’s a clip show featuring many of my least favourite Disney films/songs. Mid.