Seattle Symphony

When the Seattle Symphony announced last summer would be the last for the popular touring show of classical Warner Bros. cartoons (“What's Opera, Doc,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” and other works of highbrow/lowbrow-mashup genius) with the soundtrack music played live by the orchestra, I can't be the only one who grieved. But not willing to let go of this guaranteed moneymaking tradition, the SSO's found two other films, the iconic Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, to be projected complete on an overhead screen in a sort of instrumental/visual karaoke. Adam Stern will conduct Max Steiner's evocative score for the former, with its rainbow of dramatic transmutations of the “Marseillaise,” and Harold Arlen's songs for the latter, including the long, through-composed Munchkinland sequence, which combines solos, choruses, and melodrama (underscored speech) into one continuous, operatic set piece with a skill even Verdi might have envied. (Casablanca: 7:30 p.m. Wed. and 8 p.m. Fri. Wizard: 7:30 p.m. Thurs. and 7 p.m. Sat.) GAVIN BORCHERT

Wed., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., July 7, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 9, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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