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The North Carolina Symphony will perform “Halloween at Hogwarts: The Music of Harry Potter,” in a special event concert Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., and in NCS Kids Series Young People’s Concerts Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The concerts will feature conductor Rei Hotoda and illusionist Lyn Dillies, and will take place in Meymandi Concert in downtown Raleigh.

The orchestra will perform selections from the Harry Potter films, complete with presentations by illusionist Lyn Dillies. Audience members can dress as their favorite wizard, sorcerer or other Hogwarts favorite. Special parking permits required for those arriving by dragon. Free pre-concert activities, which begin an hour before each concert, include the MetLife Instrument Zoo, face painting with Paint Savvy, and Music Makers with Marbles Kids Museum.

Tickets to all performances of “Halloween at Hogwarts: The Music of Harry Potter” are $23. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony’s website at, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. Tickets can also be purchased one hour prior to concert times at Meymandi Concert Hall. 

The NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts Series sponsor is WakeMed. The 1 p.m. concert on Saturday, Oct. 31, is sponsored by Baird Wealth Management.

All NCS Kids performances take place on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This concert series is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music and makes for great innovative family outings.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Oct. 30-31 Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
“Halloween at Hogwarts: The Music of Harry Potter”
Rei Hotoba, conductor
Lyn Dillies, illusionist

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

WILLIAMS:  Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

DOYLE:  Concert Suite from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire      

LYN DILLIES:  Narration – “Simple Gifts”
    Solo Violin

GRIEG:  “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt

VARIOUS    Selected excerpts from popular classics       

WILLIAMS:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
     Selections from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix           

KABALEVSKY:  “Galop” from The Comedians, Op. 26

WILLIAMS:  Concert Suite from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter Suite for Orchestra  

GOUNOD:  Funeral March of a Marionette