A Pixar Symphony

Back some twenty odd years ago, I wanted to work on movie sets when I grew up.

I was completely fascinated with all things behind the scenes, and I wanted to move to California and just wing it and work my way into the industry somehow.

Thankfully, common sense (and a general lack of planning) took over and I stayed close to home, settling on a TV and Radio major in college near my hometown.

During one of my first years as a TV and Radio student, I attended a National Association of Broadcasters conference, and an up-and-coming little company by the name of Pixar came to talk to students.

We saw a little movie about two desk lamps playing with a ball, and I was hooked for life after that.

No one tells animated stories like they do. No one.

I love watching the bonus features on any Pixar production, it’s so interesting to hear them talk about how they come up with their ideas, and how they rely so heavily on sound effects and music to convey emotion.

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I was so impressed the first time I saw Wall-E, as there was no dialogue at all for the first half of the movie, but I completely understood what was going on.

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I wept with Jesse in Toy Story 2 as she told the story about being tossed out by the owner that outgrew her.

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I was on the edge of my seat, cringing and horrified during the powerful incinerator scene in Toy Story 3.

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I felt immense sorrow for Mr. Fredricksen as his wife Ellie parted after they grew up-and grew old together in Up.

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I cheered and gunned for Merida to boldly follow her passions in Brave.

How can animated characters make us feel so much?

In addition to Pixar nailing social nuances and story lines, a great deal of time is spent creating beautiful scores that accompany the animations.

Music is an incredibly moving medium. It makes us jump for joy, it makes us weep. It’s why people cry after seeing an opera performed in another language.

Nothing beats live, beautiful music.

So I was so excited to discover that I could get the best of both worlds in a live performance.  Pixar and the Nashville Symphony.

What?! Yes. It’s true.

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Pixar in Concert will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on June 25th and 26th, 2015.

The Nashville Symphony will play the scores from 13 different Pixar movies, in time to continuously running movie clips on a video screen.

I’m looking so forward to this, and so is the conductor for the event, who also grew up watching Pixar films.

“I’m personally very excited to conduct the Pixar shows because movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo were some of my favorites when I was growing up. All of the music is perfectly timed with the action in the movie. Hearing the music live will enhance the audience’s viewing experience in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a movie theater.”

Vinay Parameswaran, assistant conductor, Nashville Symphony

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So I wait in anxious anticipation to see which scenes I will get to see and hear played live on the stage.

Will I get to hear Carl and Ellie’s beautiful melody? Will I get to see the Incredibles lead the charge against Syndrome? I expect to be incredibly moved with smiles, tears and goosebumps.

I didn’t get to move to California and work on movie sets. But on June 25th, I will sure get to feel like I’m sitting on one.

I’m bringing the kids, but I can’t lie. This one’s for mama!

I hope to see you there!  Buy tickets here!

If you are outside the Nashville area, check for future Pixar in Concert tour dates and locations

***Movie images courtesy Disney/Pixar films

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