MINNEAPOLIS — The sounds and sights of Pixar’s beloved animated movies come to Orchestra Hall on June 21 and 22 in the Minnesota Orchestra’s first-ever performances of Pixar in Concert — a multimedia program featuring music from each of the studio’s 14 feature films, from the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles to Up, performed live as film clips are shown on a large screen.
Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, leads the concert. Pete Docter, the Academy Award-winning director of Up, Monsters, Inc., and the forthcoming Pixar film Inside Out, will appear onstage to host the concerts. Docter is a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, and his sister, cellist Kari Jane Docter, is a former member of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The concert is performed twice at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall: on Saturday, June 21, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $70 for adults. Discounted tickets for youth aged 6 to 17, beginning at $21, are available for the June 22 show. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.
Pixar in Concert: Music and storytelling, hand in hand
Since the release of Toy Story in 1995, the 14 feature films of Pixar Animation Studio, distributed by the Walt Disney Company, have forever changed filmmaking, while giving the world some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Its films have carried audiences on fun-filled journeys from a child’s playroom to the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space—as Buzz Lightyear might say: “to infinity and beyond!”
Writer Jon Burlingame notes: “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: Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman and Patrick Doyle. Collectively, this music has won three Academy Awards, received 10 additional Oscar nominations and won 10 Grammy Awards.”
Adds John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: “Music, to me, is one of the most important things to give a movie emotion.”
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