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Preview: Seattle Symphony performs Pixar in concert

This weekend the Seattle Symphony has a special treat fans of music in films. From July 11-12 it will be performing “Pixar in Concert” at Benaroya Hall, featuring selections from all 14 of Pixar’s feature films.

The full orchestra will be accompanied by selected images from each of the films as they perform music from the original scores from the movies. This year marks the first time that Pixar has presented such a compilation.

Every single one of Pixar’s films have become instant classics, appealing to moviegoers of all ages. Fans immediately recognize the iconic characters upon sight, but what they may not think about is how well they can also identify the films by sound. The accordion in “Ratatouille” that immediately transports one to Paris. The horns in “The Incredibles” that give it that 1960s feel. And who can forget “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story?

Pixar has only used four different composers to pen scores for their films: Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Patrick Doyle, and Randy’s cousin, Thomas Newman. The work of each will be featured with the scheduled selections below, courtesy of the Seattle Symphony website:

RANDY NEWMAN: Fanfare and “Toy Story”
THOMAS NEWMAN: “Finding Nemo”
RANDY NEWMAN: “A Bug’s Life”
RANDY NEWMAN: “Toy Story 2”


MICHAEL GIACCHINO: “The Incredibles”
RANDY NEWMAN: “Monsters, Inc.”
RANDY NEWMAN: “Toy Story 3”
RANDY NEWMAN: “Monsters University”

Adam Stern, the music director of the Seattle Philharmonic, will be conducting the symphony for this event. Stern is a Seattle-based conductor who has previously lead the Symphony in performances of the scores to “Psycho,” “Casablanca,” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tickets range from $35-81 and are still available for each of the three shows, Friday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m.

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