On Thursday, May 1, 2014, I had the privilege of attending Pixar In Concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. David Newman, the brother of Thomas Newman, and cousin of Randy Newman, conducted the New York Philharmonic.
I was very eager to see this show since I received two tickets for my birthday back in February earlier this year. The event was nothing short of spectacular and completely exceeded my very high expectations. The New York Philharmonic played selections from the scores of each Pixar film to a montage of scenes from the respective movie. All fourteen Pixar films had their own individual segments of the show, and were played in the following order: Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, WALL-E, Toy Story 2, Cars, Up, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, and Monsters University.
After David Newman walked off the stage at the conclusion of the performance, I stood with the rest of the audience clapping for an encore. In nearly a minute, Newman resumed his position, and the Toy Story classic song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” began to be played. On the screen, scenes from all Pixar films were shown, as well as pictures of the composers whose music was played that night. These men were: Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Patrick Doyle. In some of the pictures with the composers was John Lasseter. Lasseter is the Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
My personal favorite sections of the show were Toy Story 3, Toy Story, and Up. These movies were filled with such deep emotion, which was re-visited and even enhanced by seeing the New York Philharmonic perform the music of the most heart-wrenching scenes from these movies. David Newman was incredibly enthusiastic throughout the entire night, which brought out the absolute best of the stunning New York Philharmonic.
What is your favorite Pixar movie? Which Pixar movie do you think has the best music?