The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 20, 2013

Symphony to scare up fun-filled concert

JOHNSTOWN — Spooky fun with music and costumes.

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Halloween Spooktacular Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The audience will be invited to wear Halloween costumes as it enjoys listening to creepy music and watching the orchestra play in costume, even the maestro.

“You will hear music of this spooky season and get to dress up as your favorite character to attend this family, fun-filled Saturday afternoon concert,” said Maestro Istvan Jaray, music director and conductor.

“It will be a pleasant surprise to hear some of the familiar tunes from the Saturday morning cartoon shows and will be a Halloween musical trip down memory lane.

“Children and grown-ups will have an exciting time taking part in the costume competition,” Jaray said. “Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this afternoon and to really get into the Halloween spirit.”

The concert will feature music such as Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre” and selections from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

In addition to these classical compositions, music will include popular fare from the Harry Potter films and the popular Halloween favorite, “Monster Mash.”

“It’s not just witches and skeletons that get your heart thumping,” said board president Dennis McNair. “Composers have known the secret to creating goose bumps for centuries.

“Come join the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Jaray for an afternoon of that special music, but dress warmly. This concert promises to send shivers down your spine and to make your blood run cold.”

Along with the fright-inspiring music, everyone from young to old can come dressed in costume. This year, a new costume category is the group costume contest.

Employers and employees, school groups and community groups can dress up with a common theme.

“This will be a fun Halloween celebration in our community,” said Brooke Welsh, JSO executive director. “We invite all in our community to dress in costume and enjoy a Saturday afternoon with friends, family and community members celebrating fall festivities.

“I believe children and adults alike will find the music enjoyable and educational and the costume contest entertaining and fun.”

If you go ...

What: Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Concert

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $35 and $37 for adults, $10 for students and children and $30 and $32 for senior citizens.

Information: 269-7200, 535-6738 for group sales or

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