Friday, June 27, 2014

Pixar Gets the Classic Treatment

"Pixar in Concert" will play with the Seattle Symphony on July 11 and 12, 2014.
"Pixar in Concert" comes to Seattle July 11 and 12. (Seattle Symphony/Pixar)
The great thing about music is that you don’t need a visual to enjoy it. Just close your eyes and let your imagination fly. Unfortunately, today’s children are so accustomed to having some sort of media flashing before their eyes that they can’t sit still if left to their own devices – and not the hand-held kind either. Helping your child appreciate music for what it is can seem impossible. However, the Seattle Symphony has found a way to bridge the gap and meet children halfway when it comes to presenting orchestra music to them.

Each year, the Seattle Symphony presents a performance to help introduce children and their families to the joys of classical music borrowing from media that they can relate to. In years past they have presented music from Bugs Bunny cartoons and video games. Next month, they will feature, “Pixar in Concert.”

For the first time ever, the people behind such great animated films like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc. and Up, will present a compilation of the music and imagery from Pixar’s thirteen feature films, performed by a full symphony orchestra that is conducted by Adam Stern.
If you have attended one of these performances, you know how well the film clips capture your child’s as they are presented on a large screen while the full orchestra plays underneath. Your kids will attend an educational show and not even know it! They might even walk away with a better appreciation for classical music as well. Perhaps what is even better is that music will be something that you will enjoy as well. This isn’t “Barney the Dinosaur Goes to the Symphony.”

“Pixar in Concert” will be presented in three performances at the Benaroya Hall located at 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101 on July 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee show will be presented on July 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $19-$65. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (206) 215-4747.