Live music to add excitement to Disney Pixar’s “Coco”

The Bardo Arts Center stage will come to life on Monday, October 23 at 7:30 for a full screening of “Coco” in Spanish accompanied by a 20-piece Latin ensemble. There will be an English screening October 24 at 7:30. 

The BAC welcomes all ages to an immersive journey through Disney Pixar’s hit film “Coco”. The audience will be transported through the colorful Land of the Dead with a live performance of the film’s score by Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México. 

CREDIT: AMP Worldwide.

The film tells the story of Miguel and his family’s complex relationship with music. Since its release in 2017 “Coco” has touched audiences young and old with dazzling animations and music by award winning composer Michael Giacchino.  

Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México uses a wide variety of instruments to combine genres and styles of Mexican folk music. Their distinctive sound tells a story of the rich culture and history of Mexico.  

CREDIT: AMP Worldwide and Disney.

“We’re always seeking to bring in high quality, unique arts experiences from local, national, and international artists,” BAC Executive Director Denise Drury Homewood said. “Coco” Live-to-Film was an opportunity to do just this. “When we heard Coco Live to Film concert was touring North America, we jumped at the chance to host it here at WCU particularly because of the Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México. They will transmit the energy and passion of Mexican culture and bring the film to life through their performance,” Drury Homewood said.

“Coco” Live-to-Film is conducted by emerging conductor and composer Esin Aydingoz. Aydingoz works in genres ranging from music for animation to documentary scores. Her cello arrangement “Paint It Black” for Tim Burton’s Netflix series “Wednesday” charted at No. 1 on Billboard Classical Charts. 

The event is open to all, and tickets can be purchased at The box office is open for in-person sales Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase by calling the box office at 828.227.ARTS (2787).