Symphonic Selections: Flight to Neverland

Symphonic Selections

Happy holidays to all my blogger friends and readers! It’s Christmas, and I’m finally feeling the holiday spirit. It’s taken me so long to feel the holiday festivity, but I finally found it when I went to a John Williams’ concert at the Seoul Arts Centre on Friday, December 23rd! In November, I discovered that Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was going to perform a whole slew of Williams’ film music. I saw that the tickets’ prices were reasonable (70,000 won for the best ones!), so I bought two in the hopes of finding someone to go with me. I did find a friend who was interested, and we went together to this magical concert!

At the concert, they performed the following pieces:

– Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter
– Theme from Jurassic Park
– Theme from JFK
– Raider’s March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
– The Flight to Neverland from Hook
– March from Superman
– Somewhere in My Memory & Star of Bethlehem from Home Alone
– Theme from E.T.
– Theme from Schindler’s List
– The Shark Theme from Jaws
– Throne Room & Finale from Star Wars
– The Imperial March from Star Wars

While I thoroughly enjoyed all of them very much, the one that affected me the most was “Flight to Neverland” from Hook. Hook is one of those movies that will always hold a special place in my heart. While the critics panned the film, with even Steven Spielberg saying it’s not his best work, I beg to differ. This film’s magical, with a great plot, the right amount of comedy and drama, great acting from wonderful actors, and a superb soundtrack by Williams.

Hearing “Flight to Neverland” at the concert thoroughly reminded me of all the reasons why I love Hook. This piece effectively put me in a magical holiday mood. This piece gives off an exciting feel, and it also gives me a feeling of hope. I feel like I am journeying on a new adventure, and with 2016 coming to an end, I hope 2017 will be a better year for all of us. Let us forget 2016, but let’s enjoy the holiday season first! ^_^

Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of this song? Have you seen the film? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Wow! That’s very lucky of you! I always wanted to go for a John Williams themed concert! I went to Seoul a few times but never attended any classical concerts in Seoul before… :(

    By the way, do you want to exchange links?

  2. I’m sad to say that I’m not as familiar with the piece but I really like the song. I haven’t seen the film but I hope to at some point.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Awesome! :D That sounds like it would have been such a brilliant concert, and it’s great that you were able to attend!

    As soon as I hear that score, it brings back many memories of being a child and watching the film. It’s iconic. :D

  4. I’m so glad that you finally got into the Christmas spirit after the concert! Looking at the performance list, it sounds like it was an awesome concert! I embarrassingly only know one or two on the list and sadly I’m not familiar with the Flight to Neverland piece it sounds so soothing and very magical! 😁

    I’ve not seen Hook, I remember not bothering since there were a lot of negative reviews during the time I heard of it but you’re making me want to see it! :P

    Happy new year Tara! Here’s to an awesome year ahead ✨

  5. I converted the won into GBP, and yeah the tickets are reasonably priced. I would definitely have hit that concert up – especially reading the pieces that they performed!

    I have watched most of the films on the list. I probably would have fangirled way too hard over the Harry Potter piece and had a serious nosebleed.

    Honestly, though, “Flight to Neverland” does give you that excited feeling doesn’t it? You described it perfectly: I feel like I am journeying on a new adventure. I want to just head to an airport right now and get on a plane going anywhere…

  6. Wow, that sounds like such a wonderful concert. I can see how that can put you into the holiday spirit. That’s something I wish I could have done with you during my visit. Now I’m searching for local concerts to see if there’s anything similar…hahaha….tempted to buy the Hamilton tickets in SF…$$$$$

  7. That sounds like it was a great concert! I love that set list! The Flight to Neverland is beautiful. I’m actually not sure if I’ve heard it before since I haven’t seen Hook. It does have a magical and adventurous feel to it though!

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