Potterheads prepare! The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is bringing you a unique showing of Harry Potter In Concert this Saturday and Sunday at the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk.
“People come and have this magical experience, it’s wonderful,” says Shih-Hung Young, when talking about the aftereffects of seeing the beautiful pairing between orchestra and the iconic film, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Legendary conductor Shih-Hung Young is leading the symphony for this highly anticipated performance. Dr. Young is a Chinese conductor and violinist who received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from The Julliard School. He then went on to receive his Doctorate from State University of New York.
Dr. Young, a Harry Potter fan himself, is excited to bring the Harry Potter In Concert experience to the people of Hampton Roads this weekend. With a history of conducting shows like this one Young says, “The goal is always to tell the story with the music. The composer that writes the score is very masterful; our job is to convey their music in accompaniment with the story of the film.”
As most know, Harry Potter is a cult favorite. So much so that what started as one performance at Chrysler Hall this weekend has now turned into three shows, all of which are selling tickets very well.
“One of the main things for us is to draw in more audience to hear the symphony,” Dr. Young says when he hears about the extra shows added on due to the enthusiasm for this performance. Having served as conductor for this show all across the world, from Iowa to China, he’s seen first-hand the one of a kind experience audience members have hearing the score performed along with their favorite film and believes it’s a vessel for getting more people exposed to the symphony.
There are many scenes in the film that are enhanced drastically by the musical complement of the orchestra. “Musically, the quidditch match in act two is very exciting and fast paced. It’s rewarding, when we get to the end of the scene,” Young says. “There’s also another scene where Hedwig, Harry’s Owl, flies for the first time and soars into the sky. The music that accompanies that moment really helps the audience feel the flight of Hedwig.”
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