Like a wizard with his wand, conductor Jeffrey Schindler hopes to use his baton to make magic with the Pacific Symphony for the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” CineConcert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend.
The cinematic concert returns to Costa Mesa on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 to screen the second chapter of the Harry Potter series in high-definition on a 40-foot screen, with an 85-piece symphony orchestra performing every note of the Grammy Award-nominated score. The film-with-live concert experience has become increasingly popular, screening iconic and pop culture movies from “Gladiator” to “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” all around the world.
With more than 250 film and television production credits to his music composition career, Schindler has a knack for enhancing films with heart-pounding orchestrations, including the music in “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and the Academy Award-winning “March of the Penguins.” He has traveled to several countries to perform the live series of numerous films, but he said there is just something about the successful Harry Potter series’ scores – by the Academy Award-winning composer John Williams (“Jaws,” “Home Alone,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park”) – that is unique.
Schindler said he has always had a personal connection with the music of Harry Potter after he moved to Los Angeles at the suggestion of Williams’ orchestrator and proofread the sketch-to-score of the first film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“I had the opportunity to see, on the page, all the themes of the movies before they saw the light of day in the recording studios. Coming full circle almost 16 years later, I…