Review: A Halloween treat for fans of music from the movies
The Ulster Orchestra continued its successful series of 'I Love' themes with a concert of film music under the baton of seasoned conductor Pete Harrison before a large audience in the Waterfront Hall.
I Love The Movies could have ranged through everything from Mahler to Ennio Morricone, but this concert concentrated on a Halloween atmosphere, with a great deal of music from John Williams.
This included a familiar excerpt from Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, complete with film characters in suitable fancy dress both inside and outside the auditorium.
This in itself was a marketing triumph.
Some of the freer spirits in the orchestra appeared in fancy dress including Gandalf and Indiana Jones, symbolising the music of Howard Shore and Williams in each piece respectively.
There was much else, including a chilling performance of Bernard Hermann's music for Psycho, with the background to the murder so sinister that it produced gasps from the audience.
Away from the really loud noises there was a charming piece titled The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith, all marching to the almost inevitable ending, with yet more Williams music from Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
This was an enjoyable concert with some fine playing by the Ulster Orchestra, with Harrison a conductor who certainly knows his movies.