SATELLITE BEACH – The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will offer some frightful fun this weekend with a chilling new program of music and entertainment.
“Chills & Thrills,” a family-friendly concert including a murder mystery component and a costume parade, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Satellite High School’s Performing Arts Center, 300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach.
This is the first time the orchestra has presented a Halloween-themed concert, Artistic Director and Conductor Aaron Collins noted.
“It's very exciting as there are so many great pieces that fall within that theme,” Mr. Collins said. “There is a whole catalog of great spooky works to pull from, so hopefully it is the first of many.”
Conducted jointly by Mr. Collins and the Principal Guest Conductor Michael Hall, the repertoire will include Mussorgsky's “Night on Bald Mountain,” Gounod's “Funeral March of a Marionette,” Saint-Saens “Danse Macabre,” and familiar film scores from “Jaws,” “Beetlejuice” and “Mars Attacks!”
The murder mystery component – also new to the orchestra’s programming – will feature “The Composer Is Dead,” a published work with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler).
Central Florida actor Eric Pinder will narrate the story, which offers a way for children to learn about instruments of the orchestra.
Additionally, Mr. Collins will debut a new work, “Dracula Reimagined.”
The work is based on “The Dracula Suite,” which Collins composed between 1996-1999. The piece won grand prize in a National Federation of Music Clubs composition contest.
“It began as a single movement piece and every year, I added another movement,” Mr. Collins said. “It now has five movements, including The Rising, Seduction, Death, A Night Out, and Fantasy.”
“I wanted to rework the piece, add and remove sections, and give it a face lift, so to speak,” Mr. Collin added.
Concert attendees of all ages may wear costumes and join in what will most likely be a youth-oriented costume parade, although there is no specific age requirement for participants.
Admission is free for those18 and under, as well as college students with valid ID.
Adult tickets may be purchased for $25 in advance at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the orchestra’s official Brevard ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, 3303 Suntree Blvd., Melbourne.
Tickets will be $30 at the door.
For more information, call (855) 252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.