On Saturday night Kelly and I went to the BSO's performance of some movie favorites. We went to this performance as a makeup for the July 4th performance that was cancelled. Also this was a performance that really interested me. The description of the event mentioned my two favorite movie composers John Williams and Danny Elfman.
We left my house about 6 PM and headed out to Oregon Ridge. As we approached we saw the backup on 83 north heading toward Shawan Rd E. We headed west to Wegmans. We got out of Wegmans by 7:10. We then began heading back toward the backup we saw coming in. It was pretty much not moving and we only made it about half a mile in 40 minutes. We decided to take the cloverleaf and head back west and found a back way to where we were going.
As we approached on Beaver Dam Rd we got much closer than we were before in just a few minutes. We got to the point where we could see the parking lot and the performance area. We were making much better progress. While we were waiting to get into the parking lot I opened the windows and we got to here the intro which was the 20th Century Fox opening. I also got to hear a bit of Mission Impossible from the car. We got within 10 cars of entering the parking lot when they closed the lot since it was full. Needless to say this was disheartening. Luckily from the point we were at we could get to the Oregon Grille parking lot, unlike all the poor people still stuck on Shawan Rd and being turned away. We debated for a bit what to do. We finally decided to attempt to walk back.
We walked the half mile back to the parking lot. We cut across the grass lot. I stopped for a few minutes to help a woman find her cell phone; she called it from mine and found it. We got to sit down and enjoy the performance about 8:30 (it started a few minutes after 8). We missed the first couple sets of songs. We were able to catch songs from Harry Potter, Superman, Beauty and the Beast and one other. The finale was a combination of songs from the original Star Wars trilogy and fireworks. It was an impressive show of fireworks and they were nicely timed with the music.
Other than the traffic mishaps the night was a lot of fun. I got to help others identify the music, since as Kelly says I am a movie nerd. I really enjoyed the performances as well. Getting to hear the music I know so well in a live performance like that was great. The one bonus to parking as we did was that were able to exit the area much more quickly than those that were in the main lot. For those who enjoy movie scores I would highly recommend a show like this.