La La Land in Concert enchants at Symphony Hall

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There’s nothing more magical than watching a live orchestra perform at Symphony Hall.

As one of the most iconic venues not just in the city, but across the world for musical events, it’s welcomed some of the most unforgettable shows and orchestras to its stage.

La La Land is one of the most successful movies of 2017 having picked up six Golden Globes, five BAFTAs and five Academy Awards that saw Emma Stone win Best Actress and Justin Hurtwitz pick up Best Original Music Score (we’ll forget the awkwardness of the mix-up at the Oscars).

Coinciding with this year’s Birmingham Weekender, the Symphony Hall welcomed La La Land in Concert with a stunning live orchestra performing Hurtwitz’s stunning score to a sold-out audience.

Set in Los Angeles, La La Land follows the story of Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who are chasing their dreams of becoming both a successful actress and jazz musician. As superb as the acting from Stone and Gosling is, seeing and hearing the music unfold before your eyes is what brings this film to life. From the opening overture to the iconic opening number ‘Another Day of Sun’ it isn’t long before you’re swept up into the sheer beauty of La La Land.

It’s the delicate numbers including Seb’s City of Stars, Mia’s Audition (The Fools Who Dream) and the incredible talent in the piano and trumpet solos that really suck you into everything that La La Land is. The orchestra is so perfectly in sync with the film that you’re almost fooled into thinking that it’s not even there; that is until you look down from the giant projector screen and see each section come to life.

There are so many outstanding moments in La La Land, which probably explains why it had such a clean sweep at pretty much every award ceremony this year, but the impressive Planetarium scene filmed in the Griffith Observatory that really does this movie justice.

Watching movies in concert is something that’s becoming increasingly popular. With the Harry Potter series being screen at Arena Birmingham and Symphony Hall welcoming Love Actually in Concert this December, it’s a great way to introduce anyone into the breathtaking world of live music.

A beautiful thing to behold, La La Land in Concert is a faultless show that allows you to appreciate this sensational movie and its unforgettable score on an entirely new level.

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