FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra brings out their inner goblins and ghouls for the first concert of the 2014-15 season on Sunday, October 26, in the Stafford Centre at 2pm. Hauntcert is an area favorite, and a Halloween tradition for many families.
When the lights go down, there’s magic in the hall, as costumed characters take over the orchestra seats. Musical selections include the eerily traditional Mussorgsky favorite, Night on Bald Mountain, and Liadov’s ode to the spooky Russian folk character Baba Yaga. The Beach Boys’ medley of California surfer songs provides a familiar, calming lull before we return to the spooky sounds. Henry Mancini’s classic movie scores, Pink Panther and Monster Movie Music Suite bring back memories of familiar themes from Saturday matinees. Caped crusaders of all ages thrill to John Williams’ Superman March. The evening begins with Video Games Live, featuring selections from the concert sensation of the same name. Gamers and non-gamers alike will recognize these iconic theme tunes.
Hauntcert is the first performance for Dominique Røyem as the FBSO’s new music director. She states, “I am thrilled that the Hauntcert is my inaugural concert with FBSO because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! There is no better way to start a season than with a costumed bash full of spooky music!”
There are holiday-themed surprises throughout the concert, including a costume contest at intermission, with prizes awarded in youth and adult categories. Little ones are invited to meet the musicians (and perhaps do a little trick-or-treating at the same time!).
It’s a creative and family-friendly way to spend a Sunday afternoon just before Halloween. Tickets to Hauntcert begin at $12 for adults. There’s no charge for children 12 and under when they’re accompanied by an adult. Discounts are available for students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642. Season ticket packages are still available.
About the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO), founded in 1992, enriches the lives of Fort Bend residents and surrounding areas with live symphonic music presented by its volunteer members, ranging in ages from high school students to senior adults. The full-size orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion, represents an abundant cross-section of local talent, most of whom reside in the Fort Bend area. FBSO also fosters local musicians through sponsorship of an annual Concerto Competition and opportunities to perform with the Orchestra.