Orchestra to present annual Halloween-themed concert Oct. 24

There’s nothing like dressing up and going out for free candy with your friends. The holiday that everybody looks forward to, Halloween, is coming up. In honor of this, the orchestra will perform its annual Halloween-themed I Scream You Scream concert to celebrate the holiday that everybody loves. It will take place Oct. 24 from 7-8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. All four orchestras — Symphony A and B, Philharmonic and Chamber — will perform, as well as the harp ensemble.

“We’ve got some spooky music, we’ve got some theme music and all of our orchestra members will be in costume,” orchestra director Andrew Potter said. “At the end, as long as everything works out, we’ll have some ice cream.”

All of the songs will, in some way, relate to Halloween. For example, one of the songs featured in the Chamber Orchestra’s performance will be Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

“I wanted to be in the spirit of our Halloween theme,” Potter said.

As well as the performance, there will be a costume contest.

“We let folks walk down our costume runway,” Potter said. “We call it the black carpet instead of red carpet.”

The orchestra members started preparing at the end of September. They will have about three weeks of preparation before the concert.

“We rehearse every day … we start things slowly, we break down the really hard sections,” Potter said. “We do a lot of repetition for the spots that really need it. Day by day, we just get better and better.”

There will also be a Big-Little meeting right before the concert.

“The Big-Little program is a program where juniors/seniors, the Bigs, help out freshmen/sophomores, their Littles,” freshman orchestra student Katie Mumpower said. “The Bigs help out the Littles with practicing pieces and getting to know the school.”

During this meeting, the Bigs and Littles exchange gifts, including candy and little trinkets.

This concert is a good opportunity for students and parents alike to take a break and enjoy some music. For orchestra members, it is an opportunity to showcase their talent and learn things from the other orchestras that play.

“All the orchestras stay to watch everyone else and support them,” Katie said. “I think it’s a really fun and nice evening to give you a break from doing homework. It’s nice to have my family come and watch me play. I also enjoy listening to Symphony A.”

Everyone can attend the free concert.

“Everybody’s invited. Parents, friends, students, neighbors. We’d love to have as many folks as we can there,” Potter said.