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Thursday September 29, 2022

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" Concerts Feature Full Movie with Score Performed Live by Minnesota Orchestra

The Orchestra’s popular U.S. Bank Movies & Music concert series opens its 2022-23 season with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Led by guest conductor Nicholas Buc, the Orchestra will perform Danny Elfman’s original score while the animated movie—based on a story by Tim Burton that chronicles the adventures of Halloween Town’s Pumpkin King Jack Skellington after his discovery of the Christmas holiday—plays in high-definition on a screen behind the ensemble. 

Other major films will be presented live in concert throughout the season, including The Princess Bride in November, Elf in December, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in February and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in April.

The Nightmare Before Christmas concerts will be performed for two evenings on Friday, October 28, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 29, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $50 to $103.

Since its release in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a film favorite for generations of audiences of all ages, beloved for its inventive story mashing up holidays and genres, its groundbreaking stop-motion animation, and memorable songs such as “The Is Halloween” and “Making Christmas.” Directed by Henry Selick, it was the first animated film ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

The score by Danny Elfman—who has composed music for many movies directed or produced by Tim Burton, along with dozens of other films and television programs, including the theme music for The Simpsons—earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. In a highly unusual role for a film composer, Elfman himself provided the singing voice for The Nightmare Before Christmas’ protagonist, the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington. Other members of the voice cast include Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix and Ed Ivory.


About Nicholas Buc

Nicholas Buc is a composer, conductor, arranger, violinist and pianist. He studied composition at the University of Melbourne, where he received the inaugural Fellowship of Australian Composers Award. As the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship for Australian film composers, he completed a master’s degree in scoring for film and multimedia at New York University, receiving the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Scoring. He has composed music for film and television, with some of his work being screened at festivals and theatres around Australia, Asia and the United States. In 2007 he was nominated for “Best Original Song Composed for the Screen” in the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, and in 2015 was winner of the NYU Film Scoring Competition.

Continuing his passion for music and film, Buc conducted the live-in-concert world premieres of John Williams’ Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast and Nicholas Hooper’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Other live film concerts he has conducted include Pixar In ConcertStar TrekE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialBack to the FutureCasino RoyaleRaiders of the Lost ArkJurassic ParkPsychoStar Wars Episodes IV, V, VI and VII and the first four Harry Potter films. He has conducted all of the major Australian symphony orchestras as well as major orchestras across the U.S., and he also makes regular appearances in Asia. Among his new projects is a major theatrical work, TROT, a musical based on Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield written with lyricist Gordon Lindsay. He also recently completed a new ballet score, Kazka, for Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, which toured throughout Australia, Canada and the U.S.


U.S. Bank Movies & Music


with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, October 28, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Nicholas Buc, conductor

Tickets: $50 to $103



Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased now at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

Details around COVID safety protocols can be found at minnesotaorchestra.org/safety

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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