The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 24, 2012

Symphony tuning up for Spooktacular Concert

BY RUTH RICE
RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

JOHNSTOWN — Symphony members and the audience will be dressed for the occasion when Johnstown Symphony Orchestra presents its first Halloween concert.

A Halloween Spooktacular Concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The special family concert will feature selections from Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre” and Berlioz’ “March to the Scaffold” and “Witch’s Sabbath” from “Symphonie Fantastique.”

In addition to the featured classical compositions, the concert will include popular music from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Batman” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Maestro Istvan Jaray, the symphony’s music director, believes children and adults will find the music enjoyable and educational.

“I can sum this program up in several words – fun, friendly and spooktacular,” Jaray said.

“We incorporate standard classical repertoire with familiar music from movies and popular repertoire. Because it will be more familiar to them, it will make it more enjoyable. That’s the whole idea,” Jaray said.

“In addition, we want to participate in the Halloween celebration in our community by dressing for the occasion and giving all of our audience members not only a musical treat but also a take-home candy treat to enjoy. I am positive people of all ages will leave the concert hall smiling.”

Symphony board president Bill Locher said adults and children are asked to dress in costume for the event.

“It will be a lot of fun, and we are hoping we have a great turnout with families,” Locher said. “We have taken a strong initiative this season to focus on community outreach and education as well as music outside the concert hall.”

Brooke Welsh, symphony executive director, said the concert is a great entertainment opportunity for families with young children.

“It’s at 2 in the afternoon, so that makes it easy for families,” Welsh said. “And tickets are affordable. What can you do with a child for $2?

“It’s unheard of. This is such an opportunity for families to see the orchestra.”

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger.

The concert is made affordable for families and the community through a sponsorship from Concurrent Technologies Corp.

“We believe in giving back and enriching the community,” said Edward J. Sheehan Jr., president and CEO of CTC.

“The arts, and more specifically the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, enrich Johnstown and make our community a better place. It is our desire to make concerts more affordable, and that is why Concurrent Technologies Corp. sponsors the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.”

Welsh said the symphony has a new program for people who can’t attend the concert but would like to buy tickets, which will be donated to social service agencies for those who would not be able to afford tickets.

Spirited presentation

What: Halloween Spooktacular Concert presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 535-6738, 269-7200 or www.JohnstownSymphony.org.

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