On the heels of the smashing success of last month’s “Disney: A Tale As Old As Time” performance, the Inland Valley Symphony has a “spooktacular” concert set for the Halloween season.
Guests are invited to join Music Director & Conductor Anthony Parnther as he leads his talented orchestra through an evening of bone-chilling Hollywood film-inspired instrumentals in “Thriller!” at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Gershwin Performing Arts Center.
“Our performances are more than just the music,” explained Maestro Parnther. “We provide a total experience — music along with stories. So for Halloween, we wanted to present a program that would encourage kids to wear costumes, have fun and — along with adults — enjoy a new ‘experience.’”
The evening’s program will include “Fright Night Overture,” as well as creepy and supernatural music from well-known films such as “What Lies Beneath,” “X Files” and “Poltergeist.”
“I tend to choose the most dramatic and profound pieces — the most emotional and uplifting. Expect macabre and intense music that raises your sensory level,” said Parnther.
Classical pieces such as Grieg’s “In The Hall of The Mountain King,” “March To The Scaffold” by Berlioz, and Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” will also be performed.
“I wanted to mix scores that are recognizable along with those not as well known. Both are, for different reasons, huge challenges.”
Guest solo violinist Joshua Heaphey will be showcased on a number of pieces throughout the concert.
“Anthony is a Renaissance man, someone who plays multiple instruments, performs live, conducts orchestras, records CDs, and is a quality person as well,” said Heaphey. “He has an incredible amount of energy and is a huge talent. We’re excited to have him for this performance.”
Kids are invited to come in their favorite Halloween costumes and join the parade that will take place on stage. Goodie bags will be handed out as well.
Expect a few creepy and ghostly surprises as well.
Enjoying its 18th season, the Inland Valley Symphony will perform six concerts in the 2012-13 season, including “A Christmas Festival” in December (where they’ll be joined by the Temecula Valley Master Chorale) and a celebration of famous marches in February aptly named “March On.”
The Inland Valley Symphony provides cultural enrichment through orchestral performance and education, fosters musical development and arts awareness for youth and its members and promotes the appreciation of music for the greater community.
The Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School is located at 24801 Monroe Ave, Murrieta.
For concert information and tickets, visit www.inlandvalleysymphony.org.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.