BWW Reviews: PIXAR in Concert at SF Symphony
Come for the music and stay for the Blue Devils. Pixar in Concert includes the best musical moments from all its films, but its Monsters University finale featuring members of the drum corps Blue Devils steals the performance, albeit for only a few short moments. But move quickly enough and you may get the perfect view of the fittingly named Devils outside after a special "You've Got a Friend in Me" encore.
The San Francisco Symphony plays Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug's Life, WALL-E, Cars, Up, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. and Brave through Sunday July 20 at the building with perfect acoustics, Davies Symphony Hall. Film clips accompany their counterparts, and even the few Pixar films that disappointed find new life and movement when highlighted with their scores. Two hours of Pixar music is pure magic.
As director of Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3 and host at Thursday evening's concert Lee Unkrich said, the scores by Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Patrick Doyle connect audiences with the emotions and actions of characters on screen. Although some of these scores require synthesized sounds in the symphony setting, they also underline certain instruments when heard in their full glory without the distraction of dialogue and most sound effects (the Symphony left a few in there for humor). Audiences can look forward to the trumpets in The Incredibles, the harp in Finding Nemo, the piano in Up and much more.