"Classical Spooktacular"

A cheesy title for this afternoon’s concert by the WYSO, which was a child-friendly early Halloween concert.

Programme included the obvious suspects for such a gig:
  • Grieg – Hall of the Mountain King
  • Mussorgsky – Night on a Bare Mountain
  • Monster Mash
  • Berlioz – Witches Sabbath (you know, the last movement of Symphonie Fantastique)
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries (a somewhat dumbed-down arrangement)
  • Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre
  • “Dem Bones” (with some words I don’t recall from my childhood)
  • John Williams – Harry Potter Suite (from the first movie)

There were prizes for fancy dress, audience participation, and other odds and ends to help keep the younger members of the audience involved, and create the occasional distraction for us in t’band – pseudo Mexican-waves, racing witches, skeletons, etc, but no helicopters during the Wagner.

Anything to worry about from the bassist point of view?  No, not really, thanks to the arrangement of the Valkyries

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