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The Philadelphia Orchestra to Perform Pixar In Concert

May 16, 2014

Audiences of All Ages Will Enjoy Memorable Music and Movie Moments on the Big Screen From the Toy Story Trilogy to Newer Favorites Brave and Monsters University

(Philadelphia, May 16, 2014)—The Philadelphia Orchestra, which pioneered combining symphonic music with film in Disney’s Fantasia, performs Pixar in Concert, live music scores from the studio’s beloved animated features combined with dazzling film clips from all 14 Pixar hits. The program offers the unique experience of the Orchestra performing the vibrant scores to montages of Pixar films, which have given audiences of all ages some of the most touching and memorable moments in movie history, in concert at the family-friendly times of 7 PM on Friday, July 25, and 2 PM Saturday, July 26, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

 The 14 films that Pixar Animation Studios has produced have changed the way animation is looked at on the big screen. One of the distinguishing aspects of the Pixar films is serious and respectful attention to music and its role in that storytelling. All 14 scores have been written by just four composers and, collectively, this music has won three Academy Awards, received 10 additional Oscar nominations, and won 10 Grammy Awards.

“Music, to me, is one of the most important things to give a movie emotion,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “Lighting, color, and music are all things I use as a storyteller.”

Music from all 14 Pixar animated features will be performed: Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Toy Story 2, Cars, Up, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Cars 2, Toy Story 3,  and the latest additions, Brave and Monsters University.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © Disney/Pixar.

Tickets, which start at $35, will be available to the public beginning Wednesday, May 21, and to subscribers as part of a special pre-sale on Tuesday, May 20. All artists, dates, prices, and programs subject to change. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets can be purchased online at www.philorch.org, over the phone at 215.893.1999, or in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been heralded by critics and audiences alike for his highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming. He is embraced by the musicians of the Orchestra, audiences, and the community. His concerts of diverse repertoire attract sold-out houses and he has established a regular forum for connecting with concert-goers through Post-Concert Conversations, as well as returning the Orchestra both to recording and to regular radio broadcasts. He is increasingly engaged with musicians in the Philadelphia community having conducted a Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, a Neighborhood Concert, and a free Pop-Up Concert, in addition to leading the All-City Orchestra and Choir and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times has called Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Among the ways in which the Orchestra introduces orchestral music to a new generation of listeners are concerts for families and schoolchildren and eZseatU, which allows full-time college students to attend an unlimited number of Orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee. Community concerts include free Pop-Ups, an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert, and Neighborhood Concerts. PreConcert and Post-Concert Conversations bring concert-goers closer to the music, musicians, and conductors. Musician-led initiatives such as the PlayINs shine a spotlight on the Orchestra’s musicians, as they spread out from the stage into the community, and serve a key role in growing musician talent and a love of classical music in their own dedicated roles as teachers, coaches, and mentors.   

For more information on The Philadelphia Orchestra, please visit www.philorch.org.                          

July 25 at 7:00 PM – Friday evening — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

July 26 at 2:00 PM – Saturday afternoon — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Cristian Măcelaru Conductor

From the Toy Story trilogy to Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and Up, Pixar has given audiences of all ages some of the most touching and memorable moments in movie history. Now, together with visually stunning film clips from all 14 Pixar hits, you can enjoy these remarkable scores performed as only The Philadelphia Orchestra can.

                                    

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