Orchestra, dancers bring scary sounds to stage

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Clay Couturiaux conducts the University of North Texas Concert Orchestra.

Does the theme of Jaws make you draw your feet up onto the sofa? Does the poppy beat of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” make your arms go up, zombie-style, before you know what you’re doing?

The University of North Texas Concert Orchestra will perform in costume and accompany the Tuzer Ballet of Richardson in Wednesday’s “Halloween Spooktacular,” a concert that includes some of the best-known scary songs of the screen and the symphony.

The Halloween night concert is a two-act performance, said conductor Clay Couturiaux.

“The first being more classical music oriented and the second featuring pop and movie music,” Couturiaux said. “So you get both the symphonic experience along with the ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ experience, combined with wonderful choreography and dancing from Tuzer Ballet. We’ll have lots of surprises for the audience throughout the evening.”

Patrons should expect to see fog, and an appearance by a galactic, imperial tyrant who inspires terror in at least two ways: by wielding a dangerous sword and by taking deep breaths.

The first half of the program includes Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” made famous in Disney’s Fantasia, and “Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m’invitasti,” from the chilling end of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. The second half includes “The Imperial March” from Star Wars; theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Young Frankenstein and Jaws; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” with dancers from Tuzer Ballet performing the iconic choreography; and more.

Patrons are invited to wear costumes to the performance.

— Staff report


•  When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

•  Where: Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard

•  Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children and UNT faculty/staff/retirees; free for UNT students with ID. For tickets, visit www.thempac.com   or call 940-369-7802. For group rates of $8 each for groups of 10 or more, call 940-369-7772.


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