Performances. Williams has served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops, and maintains artistic relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The legendary composer’s shelves must be groaning under the weight of his awards. He has won the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, as well as numerous Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys and Oscars. In fact, his 50 Oscar nominations — with five wins — make him the second-most nominated person ever, after Walt Disney. As for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has anyone here not seen it? Of course you’ve seen it — but maybe you haven’t seen it lately. And you certainly haven’t seen it like this. A brief refresher: The lavish film, directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, follows Harry’s rather eventful first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It stars then-newcomers Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. To date, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has earned more than $970 million worldwide, and has spawned seven sequels. It was praised for its visual artistry and meticulous faithfulness to Rowling’s inventive, 309-page epic, which was a publishing industry phenomenon that almost singularly revived the bookselling business. Mark Fischer, director of artistic operations for the Orlando Philharmonic, points out that the evocative score won’t be new to most orchestra members. In fact, the musicians have played much of it before — under the direction of Williams himself — when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter held its grand opening. Adds Fischer: “I can safely say that we’ve all been fans since that experience.”
Fans who attend Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert often cheer or boo the iconic characters when they first appear on-screen. The beloved Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by Richard Harris, gets an appropriately warm welcome.
EVENT: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1 and 6:30 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays the John Williams score while the 2001 film is shown in high definition on a 40-foot screen. TICKETS: Prices start at $45 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org
DID YOU KNOW? Although Steven Spielberg initially negotiated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he declined the offer. Spielberg reportedly wanted the adaptation to be an animated film, with American actor Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) providing Harry Potter’s voice.
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