For Immediate Release: November 15 2017
Media Contacts, RPO: Sally Cohen, 585-749-1795, [email protected]; CineConcerts: Andrew P. Alderete, 818-299-7671, [email protected]; Warner Bros Consumer Products: Stephanie Clark, 818-954-7308, [email protected]
RPO ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF HARRY POTTER
FILM CONCERT SERIES IN 2018/19
Will perform music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM live to picture
Rochester, NY – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announces that it will continue the Harry Potter Film Concert Series next season with the second film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, on Friday and Saturday, January 11 & 12, 2019 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. As with November 3rd and 4th’s packed performances of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone TM in Concert, the RPO will again perform another masterly John Williams’ score live while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. The program will once again be part of the RPO Pops Series for the 2018/19 Season, the rest of which will be announced on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, during the annual, free Season Preview Concert. Subscription packages that include tickets for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert will be available the following morning, with single tickets going on sale in July of 2018.
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
“We are thrilled to present the next program in the Harry Potter Film Concert Series,” says RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. “The excellent films, combined with John Williams’ incredible music played live by our world-class Orchestra, make these concerts great events for the RPO and Rochester audiences alike.”
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back, and a mysterious house-elf pays Harry a visit to warn him of what lies ahead this year in the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold, and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes causes his friends to doubt him. It’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s, and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and will be conducted by its creator and producer, Justin Freer. He explains, “The Harry Potter film series continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. This will be another unforgettable event.”
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its founding in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. 12th Music Director Ward Stare joins the ranks of former notable RPO music directors, including Eugene Goossens, José Iturbi, Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his 23-year tenure with the RPO. With Michael Butterman as Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) – the first endowed position of its kind in the country – the RPO reaches more than 16,000 children through its specific programs for school-aged children.
CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include Gladiator, The Godfather, It’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
Media please note: High-resolution images of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert 2017/18 concerts are available upon request. For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, please visit harrypotterinconcert.com.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)