Make us your home page
Instagram

Orchestra to play along for second chapter of Harry Potter film series

Courtesy Universal Studios.

Courtesy Universal Studios.

Coming off a weekend when muggles snapped up enough tickets for four shows of live orchestra music played alongside a showing of the first Harry Potter film, the Florida Orchestra announced Monday that the second film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will get also the live score treatment.

Accio wallet!

The orchestra will perform John Williams' score while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen at two shows Dec. 28-29 at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $49-$99 on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at strazcenter.org and at noon by phone at (813) 229-7827 or in person at the Straz Center box office.

The idea proved so popular the first time around that the Straz Center kept adding shows until there were four this past weekend, with fans of all ages showing up in their finest dress robes. They squealed with delight as the familiar theme played as the opening credits rolled.

The score for Chamber of Secrets brought us musical themes devoted Dobby the House Elf and Moaning Myrtle. Fun fact: the conspiracy theme associated Lucius Malfoy is based on a similar theme John Williams wrote for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series has been a big hit so far, playing hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries through 2018.

It's a good chance to introduce new fans to classical music, said John Jesensky, who conducted the shows that ran Friday through Sunday in Tampa.

"I think pop culture concerts are important for the same reason I think they're popular," Jesensky said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "It's an introduction to the orchestra for so many people. These days you don't have a lot of people who know famous composers or classical musicians. But so many people watch Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. It's a chance to experience the orchestra for the first time in a way that's exciting for them. They come out to listen to their favorite music and then realize the power of it. It can create a new generation of film music and orchestral music lovers."

Times staff writer Chelsea Tatham contributed to this report. Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Orchestra to play along for second chapter of Harry Potter film series 10/02/17 [Last modified: Monday, October 2, 2017 1:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Seminole Heights restaurants face struggles amid killings, post-Irma

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The neighborhood's hip circle of popular, well-regarded restaurants is feeling the squeeze in the wake of a recent killing spree. And the timing is rough.

    Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe has been taking precautions in light of the Seminole Heights killings: keeping the lights on all night and having employees walk to their cars in groups.
  2. Josbite goes all out, gets results with annual musical, 'The Threepenny Opera'

    Stage

    TAMPA — As the house lights dimmed for the second act, burglars and pickpockets, prostitutes and scam artists weaved between the little tables of the Jaeb Theater, warning customers they'd best wind down their talking and silence their phones. This was done with a wink but the point was made. This is elitism …

    Miscreants in Jobsite Theater's The Threepenny Opera, which runs through Nov. 12, include (from left) Amy E. Gray, Jonathan Harrison, Giselle Muise, Chris Jackson, Fo'i Meleah, and Derrick Phillips. Courtesy of Jobsite Theater.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 24

    Events

    On Your Feet: The Broadway musical follows the true story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan's journey as Cuban immigrants coming to America to becoming pop-crossover sensation Miami Sound Machine. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45 and up. (813) …

    Alma Cuervo (far left), an Academy of the Holy Names graduate, stars in the upcoming production of "On Your Feet" at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday (Oct. 24). Also pictured, Claudia Yanez (as Rebecca), Christie Prades (as Gloria) and Nancy Ticotin (as Gloria Fajardo). Photo by Matthew Murphy
  4. Hip-hop artist looks to deliver music, monologues with one-woman show

    Stage

    Tampa hip-hop artist and actress Dynasty takes her career into a new direction Saturday at Stageworks Theatre with her first one-woman show: A Star in Life's Clothing : Life. Love. Language. Lyrics.

    Hip-hop artist and actress Dynasty will present a one-woman show Saturday (Oct. 28) at Stageworks Theatre. Photo courtesy of @JoeyClayStudio.
  5. With volunteers as its heartbeat, annual Hillsborough County Fair grows larger

    Events

    DOVER — There's nothing else in the Tampa Bay community quite like the Hillsborough County Fair.

    Retired Tampa police officer Larry Henderson of Seffner sharpens a hewing ax used for squaring wood in the Hometown Hillsborough historical area of the fair. Beside him is a small sampling of the more than 7,000 tools he’s collected over the years.