Saturday nights are still about live music. My two gents and I attended the Los Angeles Chambers Orchestra at the classic and beautiful Orpheum Theatre in Downtown LA. It’s amazing how the presence at the Orpheum brought about a flavorful vibe of like minds, fans of Disney Animation and the sounds a charismatic orchestra. Throughout the audience were families, grandparents, couples having date night, groups of friends as well as business professionals.
We sat in traditional theatrical seating and watched cartoon royalty play before us. Some included were Disney’s classic and Academy Award Winning shorts Three Little Pigs, Skeleton Dance, Ugly Duckling, Flowers and Trees, Old Mill and Music Land. The cartoons had minimal verbal dialogue but still successfully told a great story with body movement and expression. There wasn’t complete silence the entire time, after all there were kids in the audience and some adults who both occasionally couldn’t resist a little laughter. Disney Studios have created brilliant film shorts from very early on and this gave us a prime opportunity to view select work dating from 1929-1939.
Six time Emmy award winning composer Mark Watters conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. They played emotionally filled scores that were perfectly synchronized with the Silly Symphony Shorts. It was really amazing to watch Music Land come to life as skilled musicians played the piano, violins, trumpets, xylophones, drums, cylinders and bass, all of which intensified the experience.
Walt Disney Studios Silly Symphony shorts featuring orchestral scores performed live, along with the cartoon short. This was a perfect way to introduce children to classical music, and the magical powers that it has when seen live and performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
There was an intermission with ample time to get snacks and have a restroom break. The suggested age is 6 and above, with party attire.
*Full disclosure: We were given press passes in return for a review. All opinions expressed are our own.**