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Free Pixar Concert Pre-Show Discussion at Musco Center Join the Chapman Community on September 28

Chapman University Faculty and Students are invited to attend a free pre-show discussion on Film Animation and Composing in Musco Center for the Arts beginning at 6 p.m. on September 28.

The special event is part of Musco Center’s presentation of “Disney’s ‘Pixar in Concert,'” which follows at 7:30 p.m.

The public may attend only if they have purchased tickets to the 7:30 p.m. However, all Chapman University students and faculty with valid ID may attend the pre-show event at no charge.

Chapman University Professor William Kroyer will moderate the panel discussion with composer Michael Giacchino, whose music for the Pixar films The Incredibles and UP will be part of the concert, and Director Mark Andrews, who co-directed Pixar’s Brave, which is also featured.

The pre-show event will include a Q&A session with the audience.

The Discussion Panelists

  • Michael Giacchino is one of the best-known and most successful composers working in Hollywood today. His 2009 score for the Pixar hit “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two Grammy Awards. In addition to “The Incredibles,” his many credits include some of the most popular and acclaimed films in recent history: “Ratatouille,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to name a few.
  • Mark Andrews is a director, writer and story artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is best known for the 2012 Pixar feature film “Brave,” which he co-directed with Brenda Chapman. He was also the story supervisor for “The Incredibles,” directed the short film “One Man Band,” and co-wrote the short films “Jack-Jack Attack” and “One Man Band.”
  • Professor William Kroyer, who will moderate the discussion, directs the Digital Arts Program of Chapman University’s Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Kroyer is also an award-winning director of animation who has directed computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classic hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Kroyer was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as computer image choreographer on Disney’s groundbreaking 1982 feature, “Tron.” Founding his Kroyer Films, Inc. with his wife Susan, he pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation.

Disney’s ‘Pixar in Concert’

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., a live symphony orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians and The Chapman Orchestra will perform selections from all 14 Pixar film scores to a montage of scenes from each movie, including “Cars,” “WALL•E,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.” and others, in a visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media family show.

To attend the concert, Chapman University faculty and students may take advantage of discount offers to purchase tickets by visiting the Musco Center website at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).

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