L.A. Chamber Orchestra Gets Plane Crazy

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a certain little mouse who just turned 70. The eagerly anticipated annual Silent Film Gala will feature Mickey Mouse’s first animated motion picture, Plane Crazy (1928) on Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Honorary Chairman Dustin Hoffman will be on hand to join LACO in presenting Buster Keaton’s 1928 comic masterpiece, Steamboat Bill, Jr.

The reconstructed Disney short Plane Crazy will be screened with musical accompaniment performed by the world-renowned Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of composer/conductor Timothy Brock. The film marks the animated debut of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Following the toon, Brock will present the U.S. premiere of his all-new musical score for Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.

The Silent Film Gala, produced in cooperation with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, has become a beloved Los Angeles tradition, bringing together more than 1,500 LACO enthusiasts each year. Supporters have included such Hollywood luminaries as Pierce Brosnan, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Norman Jewison, Eddie Murphy, Paul Newman, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese and Barbra Streisand, as well as independent production companies, major studios and film-restoration laboratories.

Turner Entertainment Co. president Roger Mayer, the chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation, serves as co-chair of the Silent Film Gala, along with longtime LACO board member Hanna Kennedy.

Tickets for the Silent Film Gala are $30 for general admission, $75 for priority seating and $250 for the film and the post-film supper. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at 213-622-7001, ext. 275.