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Steve Reineke on Conducting Film Scores

July 09, 2018

This summer, The Philadelphia Orchestra goes to the movies, performing the scores to five unforgettable films with equally as memorable scores. We asked conductor Steven Reineke––who frequently leads orchestra performances of film scores across the country––what is so special about conducting film music, specifically John Williams’s score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which he leads the Orchestra in at the Mann Center on July 26.

“I’m a HUGE film music fan. In fact, after I graduated from college, I moved to Los Angeles for two years to pursue the possibility of being a film composer myself. Although my career took a turn toward conducting, I am still enamored with many of the glorious scores for motion pictures, in particular the music of John Williams. John’s scores are always lush, magical, incredibly challenging, and so rewarding to conduct. I prefer to conduct his film scores by using only visual technical aids, meaning we do not use a click track to synchronize the music to the picture. His music is written so organically to what’s happening onscreen that it almost feels as if I’m conducting a ballet. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban happens to be my favorite book and film in the franchise so I can’t wait to perform this brilliant score with the incredible Philadelphia Orchestra!”

To learn more about the Orchestra's performance of Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban at the Mann, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Photo by Jordan August