Nearly 16 years after he first set foot in Hogwarts on screen, Harry Potter is still a pretty popular kid.
Ovens Auditorium has announced that the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will add a third performance of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22, in addition to the previously announced shows at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21.
The movie will be shown on a 40-foot high-definition screen at the venue, bolstered by a fresh twist: The Charlotte Symphony will perform, live, every note from John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated original score for the 2001 fantasy film about the boy wizard’s initiation into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Presented by CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products – the tour has been making the rounds globally since June 2016, but this at the moment stands as its first and only planned stops in the Carolinas. CineConcerts has said it eventually plans to return to cities to perform live scores from each of the series’ seven sequels.
“The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world,” Justin Freer, president of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the concert series, said in a press release. “It is with great pleasure that we introduce 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. It will be an unforgettable event.”
Meanwhile, this is yet another ambitious soundtrack-themed concert for the Charlotte Symphony, which earlier this year sent its members to sit in for the massive “The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” at uptown’s Spectrum Center and which in June re-created “Star Wars” music al fresco at Summer Pops.
Tickets for the Oct. 22 show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, via www.ticketmaster.com, in person at the Bojangles’ Coliseum Box office and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets for the Oct. 20 and 21 shows are available for purchase now.
For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.