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See Triplets of Bellevillewith a live orchestra at KCPA

Thursday and Friday evening this week, at 7:30 p.m., Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville, led by Benoît Charest, will present their live accompaniment to the beautifully animated silent film. 
Back in 2003, the film was nominated for two Oscars: best animated feature and best music/original song for Charest’s composition “Belleville Rendez-Vous” which never got old no matter how many times I saw the commercial or trailer. 
In fact, it was my experience with Triplets that made me think I would be able to handle L’inhumaine with the Alloy Orchestra at Ebertfest this year, which I did. I will still say that there is a very uniqe spot in my heart reserved for this movie, which is one of the first full-length animated films I watched as an adult. It was also my first full-length silent film. And the engrossing beauty of both the visual and musical art contained within made me open to other masterworks to come in both oeuvres. 
September 15th and 16th at 7:30 p.m., I will have the chance to see it again on the large screen, and for the first time with a real orchestra present. If I stick around after the show, I can even speak with the artists during a talkback session. Tickets start at $20 with the discount structure available online, where you can also purchase them. Check out the excerpt below for a taste of the experience.

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