Questions from a Kid: Conductor Justin Freer

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(previous interviews in this series can be found here.)

Welcome to another installment of Questions from a Kid. Today, Zoey chats with conductor Justin Freer.

We recently attended a performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: In Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and yeah, it was pretty much as awesome as you’d expect. However, the highlight of the evening actually came before the doors even opened.

Zoey had the chance to sit down with conductor Justin Freer (who we also saw conduct Dreamworks in Concert at Wolf Trap a couple months ago) and geek out about music a bit. But even before that, she was treated to a guided backstage – and on-stage – tour!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: In Concert

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: In Concert
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD)
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Justin Freer
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016
  • Roar Score: 5/5

This is the beginning of something wonderful. Beginning this summer, orchestras across the country (and around the world) will join forces with CineConcerts to present the entire score of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone played live while the film plays overhead on a massive screen.

This isn’t the first time movies have been screened in time with a live orchestra, but it IS the beginning of the Harry Potter Concert Series. All of the symphonies that signed up for the series have agreed to ultimately put on performances for all eight Harry Potter films. There’s not a schedule for the entire series yet, but if you’re a Potterphile, this is extraordinary news.

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Harry Potter Film Concert Series

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It’s certainly no secret that we here at The Roarbots are big fans of the new trend of films showed live with a full symphony playing the score. We’ve fawned over the Wolf Trap performances of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and we’ve covered similar shows focused on Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks Animation.

And now? Well, who wouldn’t be excited about Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone with a live orchestra playing John Williams’s sweeping score? Not us, that’s for sure.

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series is a new concert tour that features a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from the Harry Potter films beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. For Potterphiles, this is just about the best news this summer could bring (well, aside from the book release of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but that’s another story…)

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5 Questions with Kazu Kibuishi

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(previous interviews in this series can be found here.)

Welcome to another installment of 5 Questions with a 5-Year-Old. Today, Zoey chats with Kazu Kibuishi: artist, author, and creator of the Amulet series of graphic novels.

Not since Bone was Zoey so immediately taken with a book and its world. Almost instantly, she attached to 12-year-old Emily and her adventure. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’ve read any of the Amulet books, you already know that it’s a gripping story that’s superbly written and breathtakingly illustrated.

It’s not often I hear audible gasps and genuine surprise and concern when reading comics and graphic novels to her. Amulet, however, leaves her breathless. We read through the first book in a single sitting, and there was no looking back.

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