The Daily Utah Chronicle – Utah Symphony Brings Magic to Muggles of SLC

When people hear the word “symphony” there are traditionally two different responses: excitement or a deep sense of dread. The Utah Symphony is keen on evoking the first response with their Films in Concert series, in which they perform famous movie scores while the accompanying film plays on a big screen. This experience is not only unique, but it redefines what it means to attend the symphony. While the Films in Concert series has many different movies they perform, they truly brought the magic to Salt Lake City from June 20-22. The “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in Concert production brought scores of witches, wizards and muggles to Maurice Abravanel Hall to experience a film that came out nearly 14 years ago.

Upon walking into the famous and beautiful lobby of Abravanel Hall, it became instantly clear that this was no regular symphony event. While some people were dressed up in formal clothes, the majority of the attendees were clad in their “Harry Potter” house gear, robes and other costume pieces. There was even a contest hosted with the promise of tickets awarded to one lucky patron in costume. The lobby was buzzing with people buying “Harry Potter” merchandise and trying to get their picture taken in front of the famous Hogwarts castle backdrop. As everyone waited for the show to begin, people could be found eating outside at the Hawaiian food truck Dakine Ginz — yet another sign that this night would be far from the usual symphony night scene.

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