The joint Halloween concert-free and open to the public-will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at RIT's Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Council Rock School in Brighton, 600 Grosvenor Road. The orchestra will perform in costume. Likewise, children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes.
“This will be the fifth annual joint concert of the RIT Philharmonia and the Brighton Symphony Orchestra,” says Michael Ruhling, assistant professor of fine arts/music and director of the RIT Philharmonia. “In the past the two orchestras have combined for a February concert, but for many reasons we decided to kick off our respective season with the larger, joint concert. Both groups are celebrating anniversary years: RIT is celebrating its 175th anniversary, and the Brighton Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 30th season. We are beginning what we hope will become a new tradition of producing a family-oriented Halloween concert.”
This year's concert, Images of All-Hallows Eve, will feature Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette, Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, Modest Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain and John Williams' Raiders March.