Music & Movies

Deer Valley Music Festival, 2012

Since I love music and film both so much, it is not a surprise that I love when they are combined in a novel way. There have been a few opportunities where the Utah Symphony has incorporated visuals from movies to be accompanied by the live orchestra during the concert. We took Theo to the Deer Valley Music Festival a couple of summers ago when they had the “Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies” performance and he loved it.

We also very much enjoyed the “Pixar in Concert” performance last month where they showed scenes from beloved films such as Wall-E, Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille (a household favorite) while the orchestra played the score along with the film.

We are looking forward to the upcoming “The Magic of Harry Potter” concert in a few weeks. I’m hoping they will do a similar production with visuals from the movies along with the music performed. The Harry Potter fans in your family will probably love it!

[UPDATE 2/8/14: I heard back from the Utah Symphony PR people that there will not be screens set up during the Harry Potter show, but the music from the movies will be performed. Just wanted to clarify!]

Shifting gears slightly, I must profess my love for “sing-a-long movies.” They are as cheesy as you think they are. I have had the pleasure of participating in sing-a-longs for “The Sound of Music” and “Grease,” both of which are classics in the movie musical genre. The cheesiness factor goes through the roof when I insist that my friends and I dress up in costumes in character for the movies. Behold:

Pre-transformation “Good Sandy”
Fraulein “The Hills Are Alive” Maria

Anyway, my point in bringing this up is that the crazily popular movie “Frozen” just came out with a sing-a-long version and is currently being shown in the theaters. I’ve heard friends proclaim that they have had the soundtrack to the movie playing nonstop since their family saw the movie, or that they find themselves humming the songs. Here is your chance to bring the kids and belt out the songs like you really want to! Bonus points if you wear costumes. 

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