A wizard night of music
THE Fremantle Symphony Orchestra will perform music not just for muggles but also witches and wizards at Marist Auditorium in Churchlands this weekend.
The performance will feature music from the Harry Potter films and other magical tunes.
The orchestra will include flautist Peter Havlat, who has returned to Perth from London where is studying at the Royal Academy of Music.
Musical director and conductor David Pye said he was excited for the chance to play the music from the much-loved movies.
“The scores, as a classical conductor we don’t get to do too much and it’s fantastic music,” he said.
“The orchestra has been enjoying it immensely – once they got over their terror of the sheer number of notes that they had to play.
“It’s really challenging stuff; John Williams was writing for the best musicians in the world when he wrote those scores. For a community orchestra it’s quite a challenge but a lot of fun.”
Mr Pye, of Beeliar, said the performers were a little nervous.
“Anyone who says they aren’t is lying; we all get the nerves every time,” he said.
“There’s something wonderful about making music for the audience that keeps us coming back and that energy and excitement helps make every performance better and more exciting.”
Mr Havlat, who won the open concerto section at the Fremantle Eisteddfod last year, will be a soloist.
The flute player said he was excited to be back in his hometown.
“It was an excellent excuse to come back. I now get to have a three-month holiday,” he said.
“I had my first rehearsal last week after flying back from London and I’m really looking forward to performing.”
Mr Pye said he hoped the audience would dress for the occasion.
Flautist Peter Havlat will be performing a solo.