Potterheads rejoice! Although the Harry Potter books and films have concluded, this year still looks to be a big one for the franchise, as we have seen no shortage of Harry Potter-related news lately. Now, Cineconcerts and Warner Bros. have announced that they will be teaming up to create “The Harry Potter Concert Series,” to be performed at various locations around the country.
Each film will be reformatted into an “orchestral concert experience,” which basically means that a live symphony orchestra will perform the entire soundtrack along with the film, which will be projected onto a 40-foot screen. There will be a concert for each individual film, with Sorcerer’s Stone debuting in 2016.
“The original dialogue and sound effects will be kept intact,” CineConcerts president Justin Freer explained to Variety.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will premiere at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 23rd of this year, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Subsequent legs of the tour will be performed by The San Diego Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Milkwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Pop, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Cineconcerts hope that this and other similar tours will help the participating orchestras appeal to a younger audience.
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Tickets for the Philadelphia premiere of “The Harry Potter Concert Series” will be available on February 20th through Ticketmaster, Manncenter.org, and Mann Center’s box office. Stay tuned for further information regarding tour dates and locations.