Disney in Concert - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl



DISNEY IN CONCERT: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Full Feature Film with Live Orchestra

March 8 & 9, 2019 at the Gallo Center for the Arts

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February 1, 2019 – The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performs Disney In Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Friday March 8, 2019 at 8pm and Saturday March 9, 2019 at 2pm at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.  Associate Conductor Ryan Murray, will lead the MSO and men of the MSO Chorus in a live performance of Klaus Badelt’s thrilling musical score based on themes of Hans Zimmer while the film is  projected on a large screen above the stage.  

“There is nothing like hearing a vibrant movie score performed live by a full orchestra,” said Caroline Nickel, President & CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “This is the second season in a row that the MSO has presented a full-feature movie with orchestra accompaniment and to see a movie with the music performed live really heightens the experience.  This is a recent innovative presentation for symphony orchestras and we are excited to have this opportunity to bring it to Modesto.  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the perfect choice as it has such an iconic film score - the audience is going to be enthralled.”   

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl stars Johnny Depp as the roguish charming Captain Jack Sparrow whose idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightly.) In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead. 


Ryan Murray’s dynamic conducting, natural musicality and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career since his professional debut at the age of just 22. Ryan is currently the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Since his appointment in 2013, Ryan has consistently worked to improve the quality, skill and prominence of the youth orchestra, and now leads an ensemble that features over 60 students from the greater Modesto area. He is also Music Director of Townsend Opera and Resident Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival in Nevada County, California. Ryan is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras and Opera at California State University, Sacramento, and also directs the orchestra at CSU Stanislaus. He previously served as Music Director for Fresno Grand Opera, and as a staff conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and The Opera Academy of California in San Francisco.  Effortlessly moving between genres, Ryan currently enjoys a wide range of performance genres & platforms, including traditional orchestral and operatic repertoire, pops performances, and a notable emphasis on contemporary American operatic works. 

Ryan has recently garnered national recognition for his dynamic, compelling performances of contemporary opera and is the current winner of the 2016/17 American Prize in Opera Conducting for his highly lauded production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He was a 2016 semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and received honorary mention for the American Prize in Youth Orchestra Conducting. Ryan is also a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, and spent the summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2014 Salzburg Festival. 

Driven by a lifelong passion for learning, Ryan has attended masterclasses and seminars around the world including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's Conductors Workshop, the Musikin Aika Summer Festival Masterclass in Finland, the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden, the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland, and the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute featuring the Rochester Philharmonic. Ryan holds degrees, summa cum laude, in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Widely praised for his tireless work ethic, natural poise, and impassioned, inspired performances, Ryan continues to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike, and has proven to be a formidable presence on the podium.

WHAT: DISNEY IN CONCERT: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Murray, conductor
Men of the MSO Chorus, Daniel R. Afonso Jr., chorus director
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved  

WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8pm & Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2pm  

WHERE:  Gallo Center for the Arts, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
1000 I Street, Modesto, CA 

TICKETS: Tickets $19 - $98 and are available through the Gallo Center for the Arts Ticket Office at (209) 338-2100 or www.modestosymphony.org.

Ticket Office Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm and Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm                               


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