Be it new to the wizarding world, or a long time member of Hogwarts, you haven’t seen “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” until you’ve seen it accompanied by the Florida Orchestra. Earlier this year I saw, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and there was some buzz around seeing “Chamber of Secret”. This is truly the best way to experience your favorite wizards on the big screen. Add a dash of a cinematic big screen experience, plus an ounce of close to 80 of the best musicians that Florida has to offer and you’ll conjure up one of the biggest live events of the year!
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Film Concert Series brings to life John Williams’ iconic score to live theater audiences, while they enjoy watching the film in its original state on the big screen. What makes this experience unique, is that not only do you hear each note performed live and unaltered to accompany the film, the audience’s passion is in full throttle. You can only find this kind of participation at a concert or a sporting event. Expect cheers when Harry steps onto the screen for the first time, baring his iconic scar or applause when Dobby and Harry meet for the first time. The level of excitement that filled up the Straz theater can only be matched with the likes of a sporting event crowd.
From the very first note, I was hooked again. Goosebumps ran down my arms, once my mind comprehended that I was both seeing Daniel Radcliffe on screen and hearing the iconic theme played on a celesta, setting the tone for the bewitching evening. Moments that were already exciting, became physical as the melodies jumped into my body and drew me deeper into the story line. From title screen to credit roll, it’s impossible not to be in awe with the talent performing flawlessly a score that can be easily be taken for granted without a live orchestra.
I should state, that one might consider me a Hufflepuff or even to go as far as to calling me a Muggle, when it comes to my Harry Potter fandom. While I enjoy the films, I dare say, that I have never opened one of J.K. Rowling’s novels about the marked wizard and his band of fellow school mates. With that said, the night was truly enchanting. Watching young children dressed in their favorite quidditch outfit to adults waving their wands around, it was truly mesmerizing that after 16 years, “Potter Mania” is still alive and going strong.
After seeing “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” accompanied by a full piece orchestra, I knew that I would have a hard time watching another film in theaters. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” instills that same feeling once again. For both fans of live music as well as the cinema, this is truly the best way for Harry Potter fans to experience the beloved adventure into the mystics.
Check to see if you city is on the tour list. You won’t regret it.
Events for March
St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.
3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.
3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.
3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.
3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.
3/8: International Women’s Day
3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown
3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.
3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film Festival
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.
3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.
3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.
3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.
3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.
Cabaret, Talks and Concerts For March
Brave the rain and head out to the clubs for they abound in entertainment galore. Here are our top picks.
92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 3/ 2 – 4: Soul Picnic: The Songs and Legacy of Laura Nyro; 3/ 11: Cabaret Conversations Sally Mayes and 3/18: The Ally: Josh Radnor and Playwright Itamar Moses in Conversation Co-presented with The Public Theater.
Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 5:30 Vince Giordano and The Nighthawksand 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; 3/11: It’s De-Lovely: Jeff Harnar Sings Cole Porter and 3/25: Karen Mason In “Just In Styne: Karen Sings Jule”.
Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 2/1-3: Through 3/2: Jennifer Holliday; 3/3 – 4: Mallory Portnoy and Nick Blaemire; 3/5 – 20: Hamilton Leithauser and 3/21 -23: Orfeh.
Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St. 3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown; 3/20: of Sinéad O’Connor and Shane MacGowan; 3/23: Meow, Meow and 3/27: Standard Time with Michael Feinstein.
Inside the Origins of Whiskey presented by Bushmills at Halls des Lumières
This week in New York City, whiskey lovers were treated to a special treat at Halls des Lumières. At Origins of Whiskey presented by Bushmills, guests savored the rarest collection of aged Irish single malt. The unique day made available was the grandest display in a public tasting in over a century.
The immersive experience was delightful and embraced the magic of the origins, sacred traditions, and rich history of the world’s favorite spirit. The light and sound exhibit transported consumers out of the bustling city and into the rugged North Coast of Ireland where whiskey was first created. The visual journey began with natural climatic conditions of the Giant’s Causeway then glided over the flowing River Bush. The water runs through beds of basalt rock to reach the golden barley fields that lead into the iconic still houses.
“As the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and the originator of the single malt, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is delighted to share our story with our friends overseas,” stated Alex Thomas, Master Blender, Bushmills Irish Whiskey. “Most people think that it takes only two ingredients (water and malted barley) to make our award-winning single malt but having nurtured this ancient art into modernity, we know that there is a third… our people. There are families that have been working at the distillery for generations and with each old friend that leaves us or a new friend that joins, comes a story. With the help of our whiskey experts and local Irish storytellers, we’re excited to tell our story and bring the beauty of both the north coast of Ireland and our beloved distillery to you”
The tasting preview included a superb 16-year-old, a fantastic 21-year-old and a phenomenal 25-year-old that could only be described as a bold interpretation that a whiskey lover adores. There was additionally a rare cask that stimulated the senses in a beautiful way. Guests fully embraced the authentic Irish journey of discovery through time to explore the Irish single malt category in all its glory.
The rare collection of four Irish whiskeys were:
Bushmills 16-Year-Old: a marriage of single malts matured for at least 16 years in hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels
Bushmills 21-Year-Old: An exceptional liquid of single malts matured for at least 19 years in hand-selected Oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels
Bushmills 25-Year-Old: Bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill-filtered, Bushmills 25 is extremely rare in the United States, with only 120 cases imported annually.
Rare Cask 03: Bushmills’ Rare Cask 03 is a 30-Year-Old Madeira Cask single malt, released as part of the Rare Cask series, which was created to showcase some of Bushmills’ oldest and most collectable whiskey to-date available in the U.S market. This is the last chance to taste this Rare Cask expression in the United States.
Tickets are next available for this incredible experience in Chicago on March 1 until March 3. Tickets are $35 (currently only wait list is available).
For more information and a link to purchase tickets, please visit https://originsofwhiskey.com/
Museum of Broadway Celebrates Black History Month
Museum of Broadway, 145 W. 45th Street, upcoming February Events
Saturday, February 24th | 12:00 PM
The Museum of Broadway Presents: A History of Minstrelsy with Ben West
Join musical theatre artist and historian Ben West, author of the upcoming book The American Musical, for a journey into the history of minstrelsy, including its legacy of blackface on Broadway, its trailblazing Black artists, and its impact on the development of the American musical. Note: This talk will involve mature content.
– Event link here
Monday, February 26th | 11:00 AM
The Museum of Broadway Presents: A Conversation with Black Broadway Creatives
Join in celebrating and honoring the lives, careers, and experiences of Black Broadway creatives in the American theater. Panelists include Ken Hanson, Dante Harrell, Destiny Lilly, Zane Mark, Thelma Pollard and Virginia Woodruff, in-conversation with Erich McMillian-McCall of Project 1 Voice.
– Event link here
Wednesday, February 28th | 12:00 PM
The Museum of Broadway Presents: Mary & Ethel…And Mikey Who?
Talkback and Book Signing with award-winning author Stephen Cole joined by famed cabaret star Klea Blackhurst and special guest Anita Gillette
– Event link here
Thursday, February 29th |10:30 AM
The Museum of Broadway Presents: Spotlight on Black Broadway Producers
Join acclaimed award-winning producers Rashad Chambers, Sade Lythcott & Brian Anthony Moreland in-conversation with Merrily We Roll Along’s Krystal Joy Brown
– Event link here
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Makes Grand Return to New York City This Weekend
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is back in The Big Apple in epic way. For the first time in New York City since 2017, the grand return of The Greatest Show On Earth is running until Feb. 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Feld Entertainment has brilliantly re-imagined this modern take on the well-known show that is something you have to see to believe. It is a bold and beautiful change that children of all ages will love. You have tremendous fun in the moment and the joy created will make sweet memories to last for a lifetime.
The immersive, live, family entertainment experience captivates through thrilling action and high energy music.
Encounter never-before-seen stunts, acrobatic displays, and comedic acts along the way in the new circus format that features amazing details all the way down to a loveable robotic dog. A truly international cast that includes 75 performers hailing from 18 countries including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, Italy, Mongolia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United States will inspire audiences through a variety of unbelievable circus acts.
Traditional circus acts blend perfectly with new awe-inspiring moments such as The Triangular Highwire, led by The Lopez Family, sixth-generation circus artists hailing from Mexico and Chile; as well as The Double Wheel of Destiny which showcases four acrobatic daredevils performing challenging back-and-forth leaps and somersaults atop two simultaneously spinning apparatuses suspended 30 feet above the ground and moving at incredibly high speeds.
The dynamic show is a hit, and you will love it!
SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Barclays Center performances will continue to run:
Friday, February 23 – 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 25 – 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM
There are also two upcoming cities close to Manhattan with performances in coming days.
Prudential Center – 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102
- Thursday, February 29 – 7:00 PM
- Friday, March 1 – 7:00 PM
- Saturday, March 2 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, March 3 – 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM
BELMONT PARK, Long Island, NY
UBS Arena – 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Belmont Park, NY 11003
- Friday, March 8 – 7:00 PM
- Saturday, March 9 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
- Sunday, March 10 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
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