Boo! Halloween programs at Baltimore Symphony and other area music groups

Posted on: October 26, 2021

“Halloween might be the most musically underrated holiday, and this year marks the return of live shows that will get you in the haunting mood,” writes Elizabeth Nonemaker in Sunday’s (10/24) Baltimore Sun. “ ‘Skull and Bones’ is the first installment of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Fusion series helmed by conductor, composer and arranger Steve Hackman. To create these concerts, Hackman takes ‘modern musical techniques from the popular music world such as mixing and mashups, and applies those techniques to classical repertoire.’ … ‘Skull and Bones’ has music of Dukas, Holst, and Shostakovich … in the style of a Halloween rave, remixed with electronica, rap and rock. The concert also features spoken word artist Wordsmith and vocalist Malia Civetz.” Also in the area, “Cellist and Peabody instructor Amit Peled founded the Mount Vernon Virtuosi in 2018 … to provide high-quality classical music to the public for free. [In] their upcoming program, ‘Autumn Tales’ … in Baltimore, Silver Spring and Rockville, … they’ll play a movement from Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ quartet, Britten’s ‘Simple Symphony,’ and an arrangement of Bernard Herrmann’s score for the Hitchcock thriller Psycho…. The Baltimore Concert Opera [will present] Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘The Medium,’ [a] two-act opera about a séance gone awry.”