The Music of Harry Potter, Songs of Wizards and Witches, will take center stage in the second installment of Picnic at the Pops, Boise Philharmonic's outdoor concert series. True to the program's goal, this iteration is sure to please all generations.
Saturday, Aug. 25, will include performances of whimsical compositions from fantasy movies, including Harry Potter, and many more magical bits in a picnic-friendly lawn setting. The family friendly event encourages casual summertime attire instead of stuffy evening dress and begins at 7:30 p.m.
While entertaining the kids is important, parents will find classics as well. Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain was originally introduced to Russian audiences through late 19th century operas but enthralled audiences more famously in Walt Disney's 1940 animated film Fantasia.
Conductor Robert Franz will lead Mussorgsky's piece, as well as Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Music from the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz and smash-hit musical Wicked will also be performed.
Younger tykes may not eagerly await the sounds of classical composers, but they'll no doubt plop down in rapture once Franz launches into the music of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A selection of famed movie composer John Williams' contributions to that series will be performed, including Hedwig's Theme, the franchise's whimsical signature composition.
Food and drink will also be available for purchase at the venue, including alcoholic beverages with ID. Outside adult drinks, umbrellas and high-backed chairs are not permitted.