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Live orchestra to animate Disney 'Silly Symphony' short films from the 1930s

Live orchestra to animate Disney 'Silly Symphony' short films from the 1930s

Imagine if you will: Arts supporters, dressed to the nines, gathered for a benefit in a grand old movie palace, listening to a chamber orchestra — and watching Disney cartoons.

Last year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra broke from a 25-year tradition of playing live accompaniment to old silent films for its annual fundraiser and instead dove into the Disney vault. The rechristened “LACO @ the Movies,” which featured eight vintage animated shorts, packed the Theatre at the Ace Hotel and marked the first time the event sold out in more than 10 years.

It was only natural, then, that LACO would return to the well of Walt. This year the ensemble will perform...

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