We Tried It: Movie Night With the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Here’s why you’ll want to go every time the MSO is playing a film.


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The lavish, freshly renovated Bradley Symphony Center is a classy joint, so why were the patrons – adults and children alike – traipsing in dressed as dragons? We were there to see How to Train Your Dragon performed with a live score by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and it was me who felt out of place in my everyday clothes, sans scales.

The theater is cozy with plush red velvet seats, breathtaking 1930s architecture and cup holders (nice!). The lights went dark, the projector started, and the orchestra played the familiar and iconic Universal Studios theme.  


 

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Now, I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen this movie, but watching it in this setting felt like seeing it for the first time. The audience laughed, clapped, cheered and engaged with the world-class talent on stage. Even the credits were worth sticking around for, thanks to the focus on the score and the musicians who brought it to life.  

The next MSO movie night will be Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dec. 2-4.


 

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.