February 17, 2016 – [Los Angeles] CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today the world premiere of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. The tour will feature Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and will kick off this summer, travelling to destinations across North America. The world premiere will take place on June 23rd, 2016 at The Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 20th at 10AM via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, or the Mann's Center Box Office. Soon thereafter the tour will appear with such orchestras as the San Diego Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Pops and Symphony Silicon Valley.The Grand Rapids Pops welcomes Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to DeVos Performance Hall next season with a full-length screening of the 2001 film, featuring a live performance of John Williams’ film score played by your Grand Rapids Symphony. Two Special Event performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, January 27, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Tickets now are on sale to Grand Rapids Symphony season subscribers or to new subscribers to any of the symphony’s nine concert series. New for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s upcoming 2016-17 season are subscriptions available at discounts of up to 50% off of select series and seats for new package orders. Go online to GRSymphony.org for more information.
The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, "The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”
Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”
This exciting concert tour series begins with Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone with a score composed by award-winning film composer and Oscar winner, John Williams.
CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include Gladiator, The Godfather, It’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.
Grand Rapids Symphony season tickets are on sale now with select concerts also on sale to subscribers. Go online to GRSymphony.org/packages for details. Tickets to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone are available now with a season package purchase. Becoming a part of our concert family by purchasing a ticket package saves you up to 35% off of single ticket prices. Plus if you add-on an additional, new series, you can save up to 50% off that series.
Single tickets will be available beginning Aug. 1. Season subscribers have the opportunity to purchase individual tickets before they are available to the general public. Subscriber courtesy dates for the 2016-17 season take place July 25-29.
Grand Rapids Symphony Ticket Services office at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW Suite 100 is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday. Call the Grand Rapids Symphony box office at 616.454.9451 x 4 during regular business hours or evenings at 616.885.1241.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series plus special events are presented, featuring a wide range of musical styles.
More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 200,000 people. Nearly half of those are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities, reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony’s affiliated organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The GRS also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet.
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