Thanks to the folks over at Pacific Symphony for allowing me to experience the live musical ensemble of the Pacific Symphony orchestra alongside the "Singin' in the Rain" musical film.
I highly enjoyed the performance and was amazed at the friendliness and inviting atmosphere at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The performance opened last night and shows are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night as well.
Special guest, Mrs. Patricia Ward Kelly, the widow of Gene Kelly opened the show. She looked amazing and talked about the importance of musicals during the 1950's. Sadly, the music ensembles featured in many of the films created during that time were destroyed. She explained that in 1969 MGM Studios was cleaning out their studios and a lot of the music was destroyed. Thankfully, we now have the technology to recreate the experience.
The "Singin' in the Rain" musical comedy was released in 1952 and features three actors: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.
Picture yourself inside the concert hall watching a movie while a live orchestra plays music to the wonderful performances of these three actors.
I compared my experience to that of the famous 1950's show which starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, a comedy that was taped in front of a live audience. We frequently saw Ricky Ricardo perform with his band on the show and Lucy also frequently "performed" to live acoustics.
If you enjoy watching musicals then you will definitely enjoy this performance of the Pacific Symphony!
I also very much enjoyed the beautiful cars featured in the film which takes place in the 1920's when silent films are produced. We follow the plot of three actors trying to break into the transition of silent films into "talkies." The movie is in color and the old Hollywood glamour of the stars is seen through their extravagant costumes as well.
To get tickets, please visit www.pacificsymphony.org You will not want to miss it. The dates are May 9-11 and the show starts promptly at 8pm.