On July 29 in Park City, the Utah Symphony will perform in sync with scenes from various DreamWorks Animation films at 7:30 p.m. at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
CineConcerts and DreamWorks Animation teamed up to create a new way for audience members to enjoy music and the movies, according to a press release. Music will be played live as scenes from movies such as “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and more are projected for the audience to watch.
Justin Freer, DreamWorks Animation in Concert conductor, said the concert is an indescribable experience.
“It’s a really, really fun, exciting event that you really have to see to believe,” Freer said. “From a musical side of things, (it is) the opportunity to truly feel — in a very physical way — feel, see and experience the power of live music and what it does for film.”
According to Freer, CineConcert is traveling the country with the conductor, sound engineer and production supervisor for the performances and working with local orchestras to play the pieces. Freer will be conducting the music for the Utah Symphony.
“(That) is another great reason for people to come,” Freer said. “They get to support their local musicians. It’s a really spectacular thing.”
Many well-known artists, including Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman, have composed the music that will be performed, and Freer said the tour is a celebration of more than 20 years of animation.
“(It’s) a really immersive environment and celebratory experience,” Freer said. “(You’ll be) able to feel the characters, experience their adventures and watch and admirer them.”
Freer said this is the first year CineConcert and DreamWorks have offered a touring show and the idea came from a similar event at the Hollywood Bowl a few years back.
“We basically rebuilt the whole thing and changed it,” Freer said. “We are now advancing through the first set of performances this season.”
Freer’s hope is that audience members are able to develop a greater connection with music after attending the DreamWorks Animation in Concert event.
“If there’s anything I hope they take away, it’s that they realize the magic of music and film and what an 85-piece orchestra can do to help tell that story,” Freer said. “It’s something that you really have to see to believe, so it’s not an experience you can get anywhere else, you have to be there to do it.”
If you go ...
What: DreamWorks Animation in Concert with Utah Symphony
When: Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City
How much: $37 for general admission, $65 for reserved, $92 for premium reserved