This is the fourth year the Georgia Philharmonic, conducted by John Morrison, performed at Dragon Con. Each year, there has always been a level of barely-contained excitement to the anticipation of the arrangement that will be performed. Each year, we think that it can’t get any better. Each year we are wrong. It’s always better.
This year was no exception.
The Hyatt Centennial was filled to capacity of over 3,000 people Saturday night as people waited for the lights to dim and the music to begin.
After the orchestra was seated, Desmon, the narrator, came out on stage. In his rich, deep voice, he thanked everyone for coming and welcomed the orchestra.
Morrison came out on stage dressed as The Joker. Morrison couldn’t help but smile that devilish Joker smile. He was flattered at the enthusiastic response he received.
The music began. The list of music was magically coordinated to make for an incredible evening. The pieces performed included “Also Sprach Zara,” the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey; themes from The Simpsons, How to Train Your Dragon, The X-Files, Willow, and Stranger Things; a collection of cartoon tunes; “Suite from Jaws”; and highlights from Jurassic Park. The encore piece? Star Wars.
Georgia Philharmonic is a philharmonic in the truest sense of the word: local musicians unite and perform out of their love of music. In doing so, the artists create classical music experiences that not only rival those of professional orchestras, but also delight and inspire audience members. Enthusiasts become repeat patrons, volunteers, and donors. Serving the communities of northern metropolitan Atlanta with cultural enhancement and education is our goal. Sharing their love and appreciation of fine music is their passion.
Fans of Dragon Con and of this talented philharmonic orchestra look forward to a stellar performance again next year. In the meantime, if you live in the area or come to Atlanta during the year, you should check out their other performances. Their web site is http://www.georgiaphilharmonic.org, which will have all of their upcoming dates.