SF Symphony Film Series Returns, Plus SHN’s Harry Potter Live Orchestra Performances Announced

It’s hard to beat the visual and sonic experience of watching a movie on the big screen, while the soundtrack is being performed live by an orchestra in the same room, with that said, the film series at the San Francisco Symphony knows just how to capture that magic. Their much-anticipated film series returns next month with five films, and then late next year, local production company SHN will bring about its second edition of their Harry Potter programming.

Enjoy big screen cinema as the SF Symphony performs the live accompaniment to five iconic films projected on a massive 40-foot screen over the stage. This year’s program includes Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 spy thriller North by Northwest, beloved holiday comedy Home Alone, classic romantic tragedy West Side Story, Tim Burton’s superhero film Batman, and multi-Academy Awards-winning cinematic masterpiece Amadeus.

San Francisco Symphony Film Series:

December 1–2: North by Northwest, with SF Symphony performing Bernard Herrmann’s score live, conducted by Richard Kaufman

December 16–17 & 20: Home Alone, with music by John Williams conducted by Joshua Gersen and joined by the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, and San Francisco Girls Chorus (December 16–17 only)

February 1–3 West Side Story, featuring Bernstein’s score conducted by David Newman

April 4–5: Batman, with SF Symphony performing Danny Elfman’s score live, led by Sarah Hicks

April 6–7: Amadeus, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos



SHN’s Harry Potter Film Concert Series

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series will return August 11-12, 2018. SHN has organized a live orchestra to perform John Williams’ score from the second Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, while the blockbuster movie plays in high-definition. Tickets to the two-day special feature are now on sale now.

Written by Carlos Olin Montalvo

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