Two of John Williams’s most recognised scores will be performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra next year. Harry Potter and Star Wars will screen at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre backed by a live orchestral soundtrack as part of the ASO’s Showcase Series.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will screen in April, following the already announced Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone screening and concert in November.
Star Wars fans will have to wait until September 2018, but we’re sure it’ll be worth it. Arguably the most recognised film score in history, the sci-fi series’ Oscar-winning theme will be played alongside the franchise’s first instalment: A New Hope.
The concerts are part of the ASO’s 2018 season, which features 51 shows, led by principal conductor Nicholas Carter. One of those is Beatles tribute All You Need is Love at the Festival Theatre in March. The ASO will back a team of vocalists to perform orchestral versions of some the group’s biggest hits.
“ASO prides itself on presenting orchestral concerts that celebrate music in its myriad forms,” says ASO managing director Vincent Ciccarello. “I believe our 2018 season delivers a program that inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. It is rich in diversity with a breadth that will appeal to audiences of all ages … whether you are an orchestral aficionado, season subscriber or a first-time ASO concert-goer.”
The 2018 season will also feature a pop-up club at the Festival Theatre inspired by legendary New York nightclub Studio 54. A cast of performers will deliver disco-era music from Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor.