Pacific Symphony Presents PIXAR IN CONCERT Tonight
Revisit the lovable, charming characters, heart-warming (and tugging) stories and the exquisite music of some of the best-loved and most popular Pixar movies at "Pixar in Concert," presented by Hoag, as Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival 2013 continues.
From the "Toy Story" trilogy to "The Incredibles" to "Brave," the Symphony, led by guest conductor Sarah Hicks, performs the scores to 13 films live as colorful scenes from the movies are shown on the large screen above the stage. The visual richness of Pixar's animation combines with beautiful orchestrations to enhance the emotional connections felt when watching each movie. Collectively, Pixar's films have won three Academy Awards, received 10 additional Oscar nominations and won 10 Grammys. Other films featured in this concert include "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "Cars," "Ratatouille," WALL-E," "Up" and "Cars 2." This presentation is licensed by Disney Concerts ©Disney/Pixar.
"Pixar in Concert"-the perfect family night-takes place tonight, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Tickets range from $25 (lawn seating) to $104 (orchestra seating); children under 14 are half price in most sections with the purchase of an adult ticket. Guests are welcome to picnic on the grounds of the amphitheater starting at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
"The concert celebrates both the musical and storytelling artistry of the Pixar films. Rousing themes and gorgeous melodies are woven in harmony with iconic visuals from the films," says Jonathan Heely, director of the Disney Music Group. "The concert also provides an opportunity for many families and children to experience a live symphony for the first time-the movie music itself provides an almost universal entry point."
All 14 Pixar films (including the latest, "Monsters University," which is still in theaters), have been scored by just four composers: Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman and Patrick Doyle, indicating a high level of selectivity in the music. A rare opportunity, hearing the orchestra perform the scores during the concert is similar to hearing the original studio scoring sessions for the films before the music goes through processing.
"Like any animated film, the process of adding music is introduced much earlier in the process than for live action films," continues Heely. "The early drawings, tests and character development are often inspired by meetings with the composer to consider themes and opportunities for song and musical expression."