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Disney Silly Symphonies with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs Silly Symphonies at the Orpheum Theatre

As a kid, I would look forward  to sitting in front of the television on Sunday nights to watch the Wonderful World of Disney. There’s not really anything like that now that I can share with my kids, which is why I jumped at the chance to take my boys to see Disney Silly Symphonies. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performed on June 4th along with classic Disney cartoons including The Ugly Duckling and the Three Little Pigs for LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs Silly Symphonies at the Orpheum Theatre

It was so much fun. First of all, we had never been to the Orpheum Theatre before. It’s a gorgeous historic theatre with stunning Beaux Arts façade designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh located downtown in the revitalized Broadway Theatre District.

Orpheum Theatre in the downtown Los Angeles Broadway theatre district

The show started with footage of Walt Disney explaining Silly Symphonies. They started with a piece of music and then created the story and animation around it. The first was the wonderful black and white Skeleton Dance, which features skeletons rising up from the grave at night to dance the foxtrot. The chamber orchestra was fantastic performing all of the music to go along with the animation.

Walt Disney Skeleton Dance

Disney produced 75 Silly Symphonies from 1929 to 1939 and used experimental film and camera techniques. We also saw the first commercial short produced in color, Flower and Trees, that went on to win the first Academy Award for short animated film.

Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees

The Silly Symphonies event was a fundraiser for education and concert programs of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. The orchestra was incredible and it was especially meaningful to our family now that our boys both play the violin in their school orchestras. 

For more information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, see its 2016-2017 schedule.

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