Concert: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Symphony!
Experience John Williams’ magical music for Harry Potter alongside the symphonic classics that inspired him. Join us before the concert for a Halloween party featuring the sonic sorcery of our Instrument Petting Zoo, face painting by the Hearst Center, our beloved costume contest, and all other manner of Hogwartsian fun.
John Williams – Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban
Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf, final scenes
Edvard Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
Modest Mussorgsky – Night on Bare Mountain arr Rimsky-Korsakov
Paul Alan Price-Brenner – The Conjuring Wand (World premiere)
Join us prior to the concert at 3pm for our famous Halloween party featuring sonic sorcery, costume contest and all other manner of Hogwartsian fun. Free activities at Sunday afternoon's Hogwarts Hoopla include:
- 3pm Instrument Petting Zoo
- 3pm Face painting by the Hearst Center for the Arts
- 3pm Spooky cookies and magic punch
- 3:30pm Costume contest with prizes for youth and adult winners
If you are attending with smaller children and are concerned about attention spans, feel free to partake in the pre-concert activities and listen to just the first half of the concert.
Paul Alan Price-Brenner is a composer, arranger, educator, and performer. Existing as both a creator and performer of music, he crafts compositions that attempt to bridge the gap between new and traditional music while engaging the performer in an enjoyable playing experience.
Price-Brenner, originally from Brookfield, WI, began composing at the age of thirteen. Thanks to the encouragement of his school orchestra director, Anne Marie Peterson, and his private violin instructor, the late Terry E. Bjorklund, Price-Brenner continued to compose through high school, winning the Wisconsin School Music Association’s State Composition Contest four years in a row (a first in the contest's history).
Subsequently, Price-Brenner chose to pursue composition in college and is currently completing his Doctoral Degree at the University of Iowa. He also has his Masters of Music in composition from DePaul University and his Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He currently studies composition with David Gompper, and his past composition teachers include Lawrence Fritts, George Flynn, Kurt Westerberg, Thomas Miller, Joel Nauman, Stephen Dembski, and John Downey.
As a performer, Price-Brenner currently plays viola for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Clinton Symphony, the La Crosse Symphony, and Kipperton Chamber Music. He is also the violist, and a founding member, of the Kipperton String Quartet.
Currently residing in Dubuque, Iowa, Price-Brenner is an adjunct faculty member of the music department at Loras College. He currently teaches music history, applied viola, and applied composition lessons.