Wearing costumes and in the Halloween spirit, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will strike up some shivery tunes at its family-oriented “Spooktacular” concert on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 26, at Loyola University’s Roussel Performance Hall.
The concert, which LPO has staged annually since 1993, will feature orchestral pieces such as Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Disney’s “Fantasia” and John Williams’ “Nimbus 2000” from “Harry Potter.”
JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is guest conductor.
“It should be a lot of fun,” Falletta said. “I’m getting a chance to do music I don’t get to do very often. It’s going to be fun music for a holiday that people go all-out for in New Orleans. How can you be in New Orleans around Halloween and not celebrate it?”
Onstage with the 70-member LPO and Falletta will be local actor Peter Elliott, who will do some story-telling with the conductor between musical numbers.
“We pulled a little bit from the story lines of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and a little bit from ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’ ” said Amanda Wuerstlin, LPO’s director of education and community engagement.
For Falletta, this concert will be the second half of a double-header she is guest conducting with the LPO this weekend. On Friday night, she will be wielding the baton for the LPO’s “American Fanfare” concert at 7:30 p.m.
That program, in the Mahalia Jackson Theater, will feature music by American composers Samuel Barber (“Adagio for Strings”), Russell Peck (“The Glory and the Grandeur”) and Aaron Copland’s “Symphony No. 3.”
“I just happened to be coming here that weekend, and they asked if I’d also like to conduct their Halloween concert,” Falletta said. “I told them, ‘Of course. I’d love to.’ ”
Billed as a “family concert” under the aegis of LPO’s Education Division, Wuerstlin encouraged adults, as well as their children, to come dressed in Halloween costumes. Members of the orchestra will be costumed as well, she added.
As an added attraction, Wuerstlin said four of the musicians will be in the theater lobby 45 minutes before the start of the concert.
“Families who come early can meet some of our musicians, chat with them, ask questions and see their instruments up close.”
The instruments on display will include a bassoon, a French horn, a violin and some percussion instruments, Wuerstlin said.
Falletta, a Juilliard graduate who has conducted more than 100 orchestras on nearly every continent, hasn’t conducted in New Orleans since the LPO was forced out of the Orpheum Theater by Hurricane Katrina.
“New Orleans is a very special place,” she said. “I’ve always been amazed by it. I’m delighted to be coming back and working with that wonderful orchestra again. I’ve always had great experiences with them, and they’re truly first rate.”
Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Family Concert
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs eight Halloween-themed selections under guest conductor JoAnn Falletta with Peter Elliott as narrator.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 26. 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
TICKETS: $10 for adults. Kids under 12 free
INFO: (504) 523-6530 or www.lpomusic.com/?q=Halloween-Spooktacular
J.S. Bach: “Toccata in D Minor”
Mussorgsky: “Night on Bald Mountain”
Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from “Peer Gynt”
Williams: “Nimbus 2000” from “Harry Potter”
Saint-Saëns: “Fossils” from “Carnival of the Animals”
Lloyd Webber: Selections from “Phantom of the Opera”
Lukas: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Disney’s “Fantasia”
Parker: Theme from “Ghostbusters”