Charlottesville Symphony

The Charlottesville Symphony and music director Benjamin Rous will present music from all eight Harry Potter films during Saturday's Pops at the Paramount concert. Photo by Stephen Simalchik. #nosale

This week’s Be There selections include a pops celebration of movie magic, a salute to stage music, fresh jazz and a local ensemble’s original “experimental electropop opera.”

Potter and pops

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia is presenting another Pops at the Paramount concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall. Benjamin Rous will conduct.

This time, the program will feature music from all eight films in the Harry Potter franchise.

Spoiler alert: “Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams is played in all eight movies, so there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing it. Keep in mind also that no film clips will be screened.

John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat composed the scores for the films, so expect plenty of musical variety. There will be familiar melodies from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Chamber of Secrets,” “Goblet of Fire,” “Order of the Phoenix,” “Half-Blood Prince,” “Prisoner of Azkaban” and the first and second parts of “Deathly Hallows.”

If you’re wondering what to wear, just take a cue from your favorite characters. Witch and wizard attire is welcome, regardless of which Hogwarts house you call home. Just keep in mind that whoever is sitting behind you at the Paramount will need to be able to see over your sorting hat.

Tickets are $54, $39 and $28; students pay $15. Get them online at, from the box office on the Downtown Mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays and by phone at (434) 979-1333.

Classics in Crozet

Music from the theater also stirs plenty of emotions. Philip Clark will direct the Crozet Community Orchestra in “Music from the Stage,” a program of classical and popular theatrical selections, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Crozet Baptist Church.

Joining the orchestra will be sopranos Heather Hightower and Christina Fleming and other soloists from the Center for Vocal Study in Charlottesville. Listen for works by Mozart, Puccini, Delibes, Bizet, Ravel and Dvorak, among other composers.

There’s no admission price. Learn more about the orchestra and the performance at crozetcommunityorchestra,org.

Hits and Misses

“The Near Misses: An Experimental Electropop Opera” can be seen at 8 p.m. Friday at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall. The production blends music, theater, movement and sound collages to share true near-death experiences from local survivors.

The Near Misses is the name of the woman-powered band, as well as of the opera.

The team includes Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell as co-producer, director and lyricist; Paige Naylor as co-producer, composer and performer; multi-instrumentalist Catherine Monnes; theater artist Kara McLane Burke; and dancer Katie Baer Schetlick.

They are bringing individual talents in their respective disciplines together to tell human stories about death and life.

Listen for an original song cycle that tells deeply personal stories with an eye toward the universal nature of their significance.

Tickets are $15. The cafe opens at 6 p.m., and the venue’s doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz trio evening

The Matthew Shipp Trio will share new music from “Signature,” its new album on the ESP label, at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The Charlottesville Jazz Society concert will put pianist Shipp in the spotlight with Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums.

“Signature” is the follow-up to “Piano Song,” Shipp’s 2017 release.

Saturday’s concert is an opportunity to see a musician who has been described as a dancer at the piano.

Tickets are $20 at the door. In advance, general-admission tickets are $15, and seats for paid Charlottesville Jazz Society members are $12. Students at all levels pay $10. Get all the particulars at or (434) 249-6191. And if you can’t wait until the concert to get a feel for the trio’s sound, tune in to WTJU-FM.

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Jane Dunlap Sathe is the features editor for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7249 or

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