Memories revisited through live music

Writer: Li Dan  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-11-18

A classic movie is often made more memorable with the spice of inspiring scores, whose familiar tunes immediately conjure back scenes from that film and fill the listener’s heart with joy or sorrow.

Under the baton of Fang Zhongling, assistant conductor with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (SZSO), the orchestra will perform a concert this Friday evening, taking audience members on a time-travel trip, treating them with music from such classical movies as “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars,” and helping them relive the thrills of watching those films many years ago.

The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. File photo

The program will include “Orpheus in the Underworld Overture” by Jacques Offenbach, “Titanic Suite” by James Horner, the theme from “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt, theme from “How to Train Your Dragon” by John Powell, theme from “The Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein, music from “Frozen” and selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Certainly not to be missed are the scores written by John Williams for “Superman,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars” and every kid’s favorite “Hedwig’s Theme” from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”

Accompanied by the beautiful familiar tunes, audience members will relive the freedom of soaring high on the back of a dragon, the breathtaking scenes of “Jurassic Park,” the deep and complicated love between Phantom and Christine, and the fantasy world of Potter.

Fang, as a young talent, studied conducting with professors Jin Ye and Li Xincao at the China Conservatory of Music before furthering his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, learning with Daniele Rosina. Fang served as assistant conductor with the China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra between 2017 and 2019. He was appointed assistant conductor with SZSO in March this year.

A versatile musician, Fang has a rich repertoire covering symphonies and operas as a conductor, and has performed as a solo pianist at concerts and won piano competitions in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Time: 8 p.m., Nov. 18

Tickets: 50-880 yuan

Booking: WeChat account “szyyt_piao”

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, Futian District (深圳音乐厅)

Metro: Line 3 or 4 to Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D