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University Symphony Orchestra will kick off season with costumed concert

The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Hyde Park School of Dance and the University Chorus for two performances of its season premiere on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Featuring a costume-clad orchestra, a creatively decorated concert hall, and spooky storytelling, the Halloween concerts are sure to delight audience members of all ages. Barbara Schubert conducts the Symphony, and is joined by James Kallembach, director of the University Chorus.

Popular icons from literature, film and folklore haunt the stage in this year’s concert, Legends of Fright, through the music of Mussorgsky, Stravinksy, Williams, and more. In perhaps the most well-known dance of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, King Kashchei is defeated by the mythical titular creature and possessed by its powers in the Infernal Dance of King Kashchei. A thrilling and supernatural scene from Modest Mussorgsky’s barbaric and widely known Night on Bald Mountain will also be performed. In this scene, entitled Dream of the Peasant Gritzko, Gritzko has struck a bargain with gypsies to win Parasya’s hand at the town fair, and must exploit the fearful superstitions of fairgoers to carry out his plan. Lastly, the Symphony will perform one of the most haunting themes in film with a rendition of John Williams’ suite from the movie Jaws. Tam O’Shanter by Malcolm Arnold and the delightfully spooky The Headless Horseman and The Pit and the Pendulum by Robert Wendel, will round out the program.

Admission for Legends of Fright is collected in dontations at the door ($8/$4 students suggested). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume. More information can be found at the Department of Music’s website.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
7:00 and 9:00 pm
Mandel Hall on The University of Chicago campus
1131 E. 57th Street

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