Toronto Symphony Orchestra: ‘Back to the Future’ with Live Orchestra

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Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Back to The Future’.  It feels like just yesterday where my sisters and I went to the Drive In in Etobicoke, Ontario to see this cult classic with our Dad.  Clearly, we are very old.

As everyone celebrates ‘Back to The Future’ Day on October 21st,  I celebrated it early last weekend with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

We immersed ourselves in Alan Silvestri’s dynamic score as performed live by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra while watching ‘Back to The Future’ in its entirety at Roy Thomson Hall. Michael J. Fox, still as young we remember him, stars as a teen that undergoes one hilarious and suspenseful adventure after another when he travels 30 years into the past.

We couldn’t help but chuckle at the same scenes, shake our heads in moments when as kids we were awestruck, wondered how that same red vest would look as good on Fox today as it did 30 years ago, was a tad horrified how cool Huey Lewis was as a 12 year old and finally where has all the time gone.

Audiences on the night were in for an exclusive treat:  we got approximately twenty minutes of brand new music added by award-winning composer Silvestri to the film’s score especially for the unique live orchestra presentations.  This in itself was well worth the price of admission.

To make for an even more pop up experience we got giddy in front of the exact replica of the DeLorean time machine that was parked outside Roy Thomson Hall before the concert.  As a twelve year old, I may have had a total melt down.  As a 40 year old, I smiled a big smile.

Conductor, Steven Reineke, was the rock star of the night. He gently encouraged his orchestra to keep up with the musical current as we got lost in nostalgia.  Watching a film with TSO punctuating poignant scenes made us giggle, nudge our neighbours and truly enjoy a new kind of film watching experience.  Reineke asked the audience how many people had been to a symphony before – more than 90% of the crowd put their hand up.  What a wonderful way to introduce a new generation to the symphony in a relaxed setting where you can munch yummy snacks, sip drinks and share a pop like in a 50’s soda joint in  ‘Back to The Future’.

TSO is onto something here!

With Halloween around the corner, be sure to catch Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ on Sat Oct 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Roy Thomson Hall with TSO as well. Going to Halloween parties and battling people in a club dressed as Beetle Juice and Elvira is so passé.  Try out a new way to celebrate Halloween with a film meets symphony combo on the side!  See you there?


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