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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will present and perform in the Canadian premiere of an exciting and original live show featuring Danny Elfman’s famous film scores on November 23. This show was recently presented at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where Elfman was a guest performer.

This one-of-a-kind evening will include visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton’s original film sketches and drawings from storyboards, celebrating the nearly three-decade-long partnership between two of Hollywood’s top creators.

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[L to R: Danny Elfman, Tim Burton; Burton photo by Leah Gallo]

Fans of Elfman’s former band, Oingo Boingo, will recognize a lot of the quirky and melodic musical elements that eventually morphed into the music for well-loved films Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, and others.

Below is a YouTube clip of Elfman describing his thoughts behind working together with Tim Burton and creating what Vancouverites will be able to see next month.

I’ve been offered a pair of tickets for a lucky reader and guest to attend this show. Leave a comment below telling us your favourite Tim Burton film, like us on Facebook, and for an additional entry, retweet the following:

Win a pair of tickets to Danny Elfman’s music from Tim Burton films via @Vancouverscape and @VSOrchestra http://ow.ly/pTcRz

I’ll draw a winner at random on November 12 at 5 pm. Good luck to all entrants!
Congrats to Lauren McGuire-Wood, winner of the two tickets! Enjoy this special evening!

Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton
Date: Saturday, November 23, 8 pm
Venue: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $42 (adults); available online or via phoning 604.876.3434


  • Comment by CLG — October 16, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Comment by Lauren — October 16, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    So hard to choose a favourite! It’s a tie between Big Fish and Edward Scissorhands.

  • Comment by Lois Patterson — October 16, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    So hard to say my favorite (and really, there are so many I haven’t seen), but I’ll go with Beetlejuice.

  • Comment by Nancy — October 16, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Alice in Wonderland3

  • Comment by Mark — October 18, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Big Fish!

  • Comment by Nicolb — October 18, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    The Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • Comment by Xing — October 18, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    The nightmare before christmas

  • Comment by Carla — October 18, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Big Fish is the winner in my books, though so many of their collaborations are favourites of mine.

  • Comment by Tera Kristen — October 18, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I loved Beetlejuice so much as a child that I drew a door in crayon on my, or my accurately my parent’s, wall.

    Let’s also not forget that awesomeness that was Mars Attacks!

  • Comment by Tracy — October 23, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Comment by Ming — October 25, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Ed Wood!!

  • Comment by helen — October 26, 2013 @ 5:38 am

    nightmare before christmas, hands down!!!!!!!!

  • Comment by Eileen — October 27, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Edward Scissorhands

  • Comment by karl kliparchuk — October 29, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    My fav is corpse bride.

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