Symphony Spooktacular


October 25th, 2011

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Symphony Orchestra is reeling in Halloween in a spooky fashion.

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It’ll truly be a spooky day as the Omaha Symphony presents the Symphony Spooktacular on Sunday. The symphony will perform classics like Fucik’s Entrance of the Gladiators, Wagner’s Prelude to Lohengrin, as well as contemporary works like the theme to Ghostbusters and other spooky film scores.

The Omaha Symphony's Ernest Richardson says the Spooktacular will be fun for the whole family. (Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony)

“We’re using music from The Incredibles, “The incredits,” explained Ernest Richardson, resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony. “The Incredibles is a really fun movie, and it’s got a great soundtrack, so that’s going to be a great time. We’re also going to be using music from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Thunder and Lightning Polka. So there’s a huge variety from Wagner to Williams and everything in between, it’s going to be really exciting.”

Richardson said that for this year’s event, the Symphony will be inviting magician Keith West to accompany the Symphony as they perform.

“He’ll have people disappearing and being sawed in half and changed into other people. He’ll be doing all those kinds of things, coordinated with the music.”

“He really choreographs his illusions with the music we’re going to perform,” Richardson said. “So when we put the program together, we send him recordings of the music. He figures out all his illusions, almost as a choreographer would. The illusions he presents, and the music we play, are all coordinated in this really magical way. It’s really a lot of fun.”

Richardson said the event will be fun for the whole family and that costumes are encouraged. There will also be games and prizes. And of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without trick or treatin’, so the Symphony will also be handing out candy. The event begins at 2pm on Sunday, October 30th at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.

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