Left – Conductor Sarah Hicks
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone played ‘live’ last night at the Brisbane Convention Centre. In truth, the Philosopher’s Stone wasn’t live, the musical score was live, large, and epically in your face (or perhaps ears!) thanks to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing the entire John Williams’ film score synchronized perfectly in time to the film’s images.
I’ll admit my bias up front, I’m not a Harry Potter fan but I am a huge fan of John Williams’ music. The music Williams composed for the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film is what elevates the film’s narrative beyond the realms of a tried and true hero’s journey story.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s performance, barely visible with the musicians and conductor (Sarah Hicks) lit in blue beneath the giant screen, was amazing. Instead of the music being a background enhancement for the plot, William’s enchanting and thrilling orchestral score is pushed to the fore and thus becomes an integral force driving propelling the story and engaging the audience in a new way.
At the end of the performance it was wonderful to see the audience remain to the very end of the film’s credits to give their Symphony Orchestra the energetic and hearty applause they were due. Upon leaving the convention centre with my son I overheard a young man say to his friends, “That was next level.” I couldn’t agree more.
Experiencing a film with a live orchestral score is a unique opportunity guaranteed to take your experience and appreciation of the film and its music to the next level, especially when your orchestra plays as incredibly as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The second film in the Harry Potter series will be performed next by the QSO and is scheduled for October this year.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ – In Concert
Composer John Williams
Conductor Sarah Hicks
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
Date: 1 April 2017