Few of us had the opportunity to see the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz on the big screen the first time around. Many watched the black-and-white set turn technicolor on tiny TVs. But for two nights, Boise Philharmonic will present the beloved classic on the big screen at the Morrison Center, with an added twist. The film's original score will be replaced by the fluid orchestration of Boise Philharmonic. Judy Garland's timeless vocals will ring through over the work of Boise musicians.
"This is one of the most difficult things I'll do all year," said Boise Philharmonic Maestro Robert Franz.
The challenge, according to Franz, comes from syncing the orchestra with the movie--following second-by-second cues from the film to create a seamless experience.
"I've done this once before and it's extraordinary," added Franz.
From the poison poppies to the Lollipop Guild's introduction, each scene will be made more sinister, or more poignant, with the addition of the philharmonic. As of press time, tickets for Saturday evening's performance are almost sold out, but the Sunday matinee still has a number of seats available.