Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friend's Birthday Party, Huntington Beach

R2 made a surprise appearance at our friend's niece's 8th birthday party. Our daughter fielded questions for R2. We loved the party crafts made by the kids--felt R2-D2s. You can tell by this & her cake that R2 is her favorite Star Wars character. A budding cinematographer, after the party the birthday girl gave us a private screening of her first film--a remake of the original Star Wars trilogy. What a treat! Michael also gave the birthday girl's cousin a spin at the controls afterwards. What an honor to share the magic of Star Wars with these amazing kids.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pacific Symphony John Williams Concert, OC Performing Arts Center

Our family attended the final concert with Richard Kaufman & the Pacific Symphony orchestra. What a wonderful show! Photos from the films were projected onscreen as they played classic music from films such as Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Harry Potter, Jaws, Memoirs of a Geisha (featuring dancers onstage), and Star Wars. In addition to delivering the Star Wars score to Master Kaufman during the first act, R2-D2 returned to the stage at the end of the show to deliver the conductor's announcements for the 2010-2011 pops concert season. After the show, R2-D2 entertained VIPs at a private reception. Our daughter, who plays flute in school, was thrilled to meet & talk shop with the symphony's flute player.

Stage right where R2 enters the stage. I had to speed him through that small door. It's got about an inch clearance on either side.

R2 gets wired for sound.

The family posing with Richard Kaufman.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pacific Symphony John Williams Concert, OC Performing Arts Center

The Pacific Symphony invited R2-D2 back for another performance on stage with Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, who directed 3 nights of concerts of John Williams music. R2-D2 saves the day by delivering the missing Star Wars score! I worked again with Eileen Jeanette (VP of Orchestra Operations) and Brandon Rueda (Artistic Services Manager) who took care of me. They are wonderful to work with! Richard Kaufman was as nice as a person can be.

Here's some photos from the first day's rehearsals.

Rehearsal on stage with Richard Kaufman.
The good folks at the Pacific Symphony included me in the program with a bio.