The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra playing alongside the first Harry Potter Film

MSO Plays Second Harry Potter Score in December

Even muggles can experience magic at an MSO-accompanied screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – playing this December.

Twenty years after J.K. Rowling introduced the world to the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter continues to delight audiences of all ages. The Riverside Theater’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, presented in collaboration with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, proves as much.

The show has already sold so many tickets, months in advance of its December 15-17 run, that its organizers have added a December 16 matinee, which goes on sale August 4, at noon. Tickets will cost $25-$75 and will likely sell as quickly as the other three performances.

What can eager muggles expect from the event? The MSO will perform composer John Williams’s Grammy-nominated score live, while the film plays in HD on a 40-foot screen behind them. And audience members are welcome to cosplay.

The MSO plays Harry Potter at Riverside
Photo by Kelsea McCulloch Photography

The event will be conducted by CineConcerts creator Justin Freer. According to Freer, “the Harry Potter film series continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world.”

Freer was also the force behind 2016’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert. “It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra,” he says. This will be another unforgettable event.”

The 2017 show dates and times are as follows:

Friday, December 15 • Show at 8 p.m. / Doors at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 • Show at 1 p.m. / Doors at 12 p.m
Saturday, December 16 • Show at 8 p.m. / Doors at 7 p.m
Sunday, December 17 • Show at 8 p.m. / Doors at 7 p.m



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.