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Lost “Oswald Rabbit” Cartoons Highlight Disney Tribute at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Ace Hotel Event

Lost "Oswald Rabbit" Cartoons Highlight Disney Tribute at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Ace Hotel Event

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will present LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios, an evening of musical world premieres and classic animation spanning more than 80 years, with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by six-time Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Watters. The event takes place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 7 pm, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, in Downtown LA. 

This evening includes re-premieres of newly restored versions of two long lost 1920’s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), shown for first time in more than 50 years along with world premieres of music by Watters for both films, neither of which previously had musical scores.  Also featured is a screening of a newly restored print of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia (1940) on the occasion of this timeless classic’s 75th Anniversary including the world premiere of a compelling new adaptation of the score by Watters.  

Other highlights include the 2014 Academy Award-nominated Get A Horse! (2013), a contemporary homage to early Mickey Mouse cartoons, shown with live music for the first time ever; the 80th anniversary of the “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935) highlighted by the first live musical performance to the film in its 80-year history featuring the brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ; the iconic Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney and inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s fist solo-flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927; the 80th anniversary of The Band Concert (1935), the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon to use the Technicolor process; and the delightful “Have a Laugh” versions of Lonesome Ghosts (1937), in which Mickey, Donald and Goofy run a ghost exterminating agency, and Mickey’s Trailer (1938), a “road picture” with Mickey, Donald and Goofy involving a car separated from its trailer traveling down a mountain incline. 

Dustin Hoffman is honorary chair of the event, which benefits LACO, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.   Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.   
Highlights Include:

·       World Premieres of two fully-restored 1920s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts lost for more than 50 years– Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928) – with World Premieres of newly created scores.  Nearly 90 years after their creation, these two shorts, which never had musical scores, not only finally have them, but they have also been written by six-time Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Watters and will be showcased for the first time with the films at the event.  
·       World Premiere of compelling new adaptation for chamber orchestra of the score (adapted by Mark Watters as well) for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia (1940), featuring a newly restored print of the film on the occasion of this timeless classic’s 75th Anniversary;
 
·       First ever  live musical performance to the 80-year-old “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935), featuring the brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (the score was not originally intended to be performed live since it was written for two separate ensembles – an orchestra and a jazz ensemble – and required very careful editing to match it precisely to the action in the film);
 
·       First ever live musical performance to the 2014 Academy Award-nominated Get A Horse (2013);
 
·      80th Anniversary celebration of The Band Concert (1935), the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon to use the Technicolor process;
 
·       The iconic Mickey Mouse Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney and inspired by Charles Lindberg’s fist solo-flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is honored to team up with Walt Disney Animation Studios for this evening of incredible artistry and entertainment,” says LACO Interim Managing Director Lacey Huszcza.
 
Even the event’s landmark venue, The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre district, adds a special flourish to the festivities.   Built in 1927, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing animation, the 1,600-seat, Spanish Gothic, movie palace was designed by C. Howard Crane for Maverick Film Studio, founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charles Chaplin.   The interior, which has been delicately restored, was inspired by the 16th century Cathedral at Segovia and features a three-story, 2,300-square-foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and mezzanine and a spectacular vaulted ceiling with thousands of tiny glimmering mirrors.
 
Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios” start at $35.  The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA is located at 929 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  For tickets and information, please visit laco.org   
 
 
EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios” 
Mark Watters, conductor
 
FEATURED ANIMATED SHORTS:
Poor Papa (1927)
Africa Before Dark (1928)
Plane Crazy (1929)
Silly Symphony Music Land (1935)
The Band Concert (1935)
Lonesome Ghosts (1937; Have-A-Laugh version)
Mickey’s Trailer (1938; Have-A-Laugh version)
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (Fantasia , 1940)
Get A Horse! (2013)
 
WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA
929 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
TICKETS/INFORMATION:
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
 

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