October 25th, 2011
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Symphony Orchestra is reeling in Halloween in a spooky fashion.
Itâ€™ll truly be a spooky day as the Omaha Symphony presents the Symphony Spooktacular on Sunday. The symphony will perform classics like Fucikâ€™s Entrance of the Gladiators, Wagnerâ€™s Prelude to Lohengrin, as well as contemporary works like the theme to Ghostbusters and other spooky film scores.
â€œWeâ€™re using music from The Incredibles, â€œThe incredits,â€ explained Ernest Richardson, resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony. â€œThe Incredibles is a really fun movie, and itâ€™s got a great soundtrack, so thatâ€™s going to be a great time. Weâ€™re also going to be using music from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Thunder and Lightning Polka. So thereâ€™s a huge variety from Wagner to Williams and everything in between, itâ€™s going to be really exciting.â€
Richardson said that for this yearâ€™s event, the Symphony will be inviting magician Keith West to accompany the Symphony as they perform.
â€œHeâ€™ll have people disappearing and being sawed in half and changed into other people. Heâ€™ll be doing all those kinds of things, coordinated with the music.â€
â€œHe really choreographs his illusions with the music weâ€™re going to perform,â€ Richardson said. â€œSo 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. Itâ€™s really a lot of fun.â€
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 wouldnâ€™t be Halloween without trick or treatinâ€™, 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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