No, the new wave sensation, Oingo Boingo, is not coming to town. But the band’s former lead singer, Danny Elfman, will have his most famous compositions showcased by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. You may not realize how familiar you already are with Elfman’s work, and we’re not just referring to “Weird Science”. Every time you watch The Simpsons’ intro, you’re listening to Danny Elfman. He’s also composed music for Cirque du Soleil and countless movies, but he is best known for scoring the majority of gothic master, Tim Burton’s films. The long time collaboration all began with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, when Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to score their first movie. It’s been noted that when Elfman first heard his music performed live by a full orchestra during the collaboration, he said it was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. Now’s your chance to experience that same thrill when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs “Danny Elfman’s: Music from the Films of Tim Burton” at Heinz Hall, November 23rd.
The performance will bring to life the many famous film scores produced during the three decades of collaboration between Elfman and Burton, accompanied by projections of Burton’s original film sketches, drawings, and story boards. Music from Beetlejuice, Batman & Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland will all be featured. The idea for the concert performances grew out of a recent boxed set that celebrated Burton and Elfman’s 25-year partnership. The duo is also set to begin work on their 16th project, Burton’s Big Eyes, which is about the painter Margaret Keane and her legal battle with her husband, who took credit for her work.
Here’s one Elfman’s most celebrated pieces for Burton from Edward Scissorhands:
Burton and Elfman fans alike are sure to enjoy this unique symphonic experience. Tickets range from $25- $105, but we scored a pair of tickets for one of you to win! We’re picking a winner Tuesday the 19th, so keep an eye on your inboxes, because you’ll only have 24 hours to reply and claim your prize.
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