Spokane Symphony, theme-park magicians, and “Harry Potter” music

Posted on: October 30, 2018

“Professor Cosmos can usually be found entertaining the masses at Silverwood Theme Park,” reads an unsigned article in Friday’s (10/26) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). “But he’s stopping by the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday and Sunday to share his magic with Spokane [Symphony] audiences during ‘Haunted Hallows—The Music of Harry Potter.’ Nick Norton, Silverwood’s resident award-winning magician, is producing the show, and his ‘good friend in magic,’ fellow Silverwood magician Isaiah Daniels, will perform…. The ‘Haunted Hallows’ concerts, conducted by Eckart Preu, feature music from the ‘Harry Potter’ films by John Williams, Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper. The program also includes ‘Das Glasmännlein’ by Preu’s brother Hans Peter Preu and John Powell’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ as well as selections from Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ and Michael Giacchino’s ‘Fiesta Espectacular’ from ‘Coco.’ The Spokane Symphony reached out to Norton about adding magic to ‘Haunted Hallows’ in the summer, and he and Daniels were immediately on board…. Norton too knows the power magic can have over audiences…. ‘At its core, it’s Eckart and the music,’ Norton said. ‘But at the core of the story is experiencing the wonder of magic through the eyes of a child.’ ”

Posted October 30, 2018