"Lumos!" For the uninitiated, that's Harry Potter-speak for lighting up a dark space with a flash of wand light. In that style, maestro John Beal's baton will be much like a magic wand when the Boise Philharmonic plays the live soundtrack during a big-screen showcase of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Saturday, Jan. 19. In fact, there will be two screenings at The Morrison Center, a performance at 1 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.
"It's an amazing experience," said Anna Meacham, the BPO marketing manager. "We performed the first film in the Harry Potter franchise last year and it was a near-sellout. We certainly expect that this year."
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, featuring philharmonics around the world, is a co-production of CineConcerts and Warner Bros, the studio that produced and owns the rights to all things Potter on the big screen. To date, they have facilitated more than 600 collaborative performances in 38 countries.
"Our musicians love it. It's doubly exciting to see such a wonderful film with one of the most beautiful soundtracks, written by the incomparable John Williams," said Meacham.
The Boise Philharmonic continues to ride a wildly successful wave of new Pops concerts, including 2017's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and a live accompaniment of Star Wars: A New Hope in September 2018.
"Plus, the Philharmonic's next big Pops concert is called Hollywood Hits, when we'll play all of the great music from James Bond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocky, The Pink Panther and so many others," said Meacham.
For an undertaking as complex as performing a full, live score to an entire film, Meacham said a special copy of the movie will be shipped to Boise.
"It's actually the full film, but there's no soundtrack on it," she said. "The conductor has a metronome and his own small screen in front of him, giving him the exact music queues of where the orchestra comes in."
And the future will hold even more magic.
"We're really hoping to get the next installment of Star Wars [The Empire Strikes Back] this fall," said Meacham. "Those negotiations are ongoing."