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Gustavo Dudamel

Dudamel Conducts Harry Potter

John Williams Spotlight

Sat / May 18, 2024 - 2:00PM

Dudamel leads a magical and family friendly program featuring a Grand Suite from John Williams’ Harry Potter score and an animated exploration of the symphony orchestra.

Program

About this Performance

Since the mysterious opening celesta melody of “Hedwig’s Theme” sounded in the first Harry Potter film, John Williams’ score has been inseparable in audiences’ minds from the magic and wonder of the beloved franchise. Each piece captures a character or idea, and Williams said that while he was composing, the enchanting themes all insisted on being “hatched” and “seemed to arrive all clamoring for their individual identities.” Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in a family friendly program featuring a Grand Suite from Harry Potter with a special guest narrator and selected film clips, as well as a musical journey through the orchestra guided by a magical Sprite. Described as a “concerto for orchestra and animated film,” Philharmonia Fantastique combines music by Mason Bates, direction by Gary Rydstrom, and animation by Jim Capobianco resulting in what John Williams praised as “the biggest step forward since Fantasia” in combining music and animation.

Please note: Children under 6 will not be admitted, which is in keeping with the standard Children's Attendance Policy.

 

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