Hey, friends. So, every year, the Philadelphia Orchestra does something where they prepare the soundtrack of movies and perform them live to a showing of the movie at the Mann Center. Last summer, maybe a week before I started my blog, I went to the showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and when I saw them display that they were doing the same thing again this year but with the second movie, I got really excited. So, on Friday, I got to see the Chamber of Secrets “in concert” to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and it was amazing!
So, this photo of the screen from our seats is in black and white because I posted it on VSCO and couldn’t get the photo on my phone, so here’s what it looks like on VSCO (Sorry…). The orchestra is on the stage getting ready for showtime and the screen is about to display the beginning of the movie.
Now, I guess watching the movie like this seems…unnecessary, but it’s so much cooler, and sometimes you really forget that the orchestra is there because of how impeccably timed the score is to the video. My dad pointed out that the conductor has a screen on his stand, and that when the music is about to start, green bars would pass the screen in time, and a white dot would pulse when the music should start up, also giving the director the correct speed.
The funny thing about watching the movies like this is that you never really realize how funny some parts of the films are until you watch the movie with thousands of people surrounding you, which sounds strange, but there were so many parts that I just kind of watched and played off because I was alone, and other people found funny here.
Next summer, they’re showing the third movie in the same format, so for those of you that live close enough to the Mann Center, or just want to come by and see it, should! All you really have to do is buy tickets on the Mann Center’s website, and you’re all set.
Seeing and hearing exactly how the Harry Potter score is performed was really cool, especially being a cellist myself, and an experience that isn’t worth passing up.
Have any of you been to this production before? Would you go if you could?
Let me know in the comments below!
Also, round of applause for the final post of the month of July! I got in fourteen posts this month due to my amazing schedule!!
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AND: (This is the last one, I promise.) Happy birthday to Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! I wish you two the best birthdays ever with many more to come! ❤ ❤