Theatre Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

At Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins came together to revel in the music and adventure of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This presentation of the film was fully accompanied by Pacific Symphony, Orange County’s premier orchestra. For any Harry Potter fan, this concert is a fantastic opportunity to let your fandom soar.

Though orchestral concerts typically expect their audiences to be silent, the conductor, Jeffrey Schindler, encourages the audience to react appropriately to the film; cheering for the introduction of beloved characters, booing or hissing at the villains, and applauding at each exciting plot turn. From the moment the familiar twinkle of Hedwig’s Theme begins, the audience is immersed in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding world.

The Pacific Symphony was seamless in their performance, to the point where it almost felt as though they were not actually playing (though they were, I promise).  From the quiet suspense of any interaction with the Malfoys, to the thrilling fanfare of the Quidditch match, John Williams’ beautiful score was realized beyond expectations.

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