I saw a rainbow over in the distance on my way to "The Wizard of Oz" concert Thursday night.
Luckily there weren't any tornadoes that night to impede mine or other Pacific Symphony concertgoers' progress to the concert hall — just a little rain — before all were met by a mini "yellow brick road" at the entrance. In an authentic touch, the road's beginning had the same curls Dorothy took her first ruby-slipper steps on as she started her journey to Oz.
Decorating the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall lobby were some "Wizard of Oz"-related artwork, life-size cutouts of the film's characters and even a man dressed as the Wizard himself.
All of this made for a Hollywood-style symphonic evening, as the Costa Mesa-based orchestra played the score to "The Wizard of Oz" live alongside the iconic 1939 film.
On an interesting note — pun intended — the score used by the Pacific Symphony was actually a reconstructed version by John Wilson and Andrew Cottee, because the original work was lost in 1969, along with other MGM music archives. It was all quite true to the original music by Harold Arlen and score Herbert Stothart, with a few small exceptions.