Never before had the world experienced a phenomenon like the Harry Potter franchise. The seven-book series gained such popularity that crowds of fans would wait outside of bookstores for midnight releases of the newest installments. The accompanying films were also immensely well-received, due in part to their fabulous soundtracks. The great composer John Williams scored the first three movies, and his themes were woven into the scores for the rest of the films. To date, the franchise has an estimated value of $15 billion, and the films have grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide.
Break out the glasses and butterbeer for this week’s Symphonies of Iowa! Experience John Williams’ magical music for the sensation that is Harry Potter alongside the symphonic classics that inspired him. The program also features the world premiere of composer and violist Paul Alan Price-Brenner’s electric The Conjuring Wand. Tune in Monday, August 14th at 7 p.m. for this magical Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!
WILLIAMS – Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban
PROKOFIEV – Peter and the Wolf, final scenes
GRIEG – In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
MUSSORGSKY – Night on Bare Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
PRICE-BRENNER – The Conjuring Wand (World Premiere)
Jason Weinberger, Music Director and Conductor
(Concert recorded Oct. 29, 2016)