Philharmonic to present 1st Halloween concert Saturday
BY ERIC PEDDIGREE
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COPY EDITOR he Yuengling Mansion will be a house of musical horrors Saturday as the Anthracite Philharmonic performs its first Halloween concert.
“Spooky Strings” will be held at 7 p.m. at 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Tickets are $15 for adults and students under 12 are admitted for free. A reception will be held after the concert.
Under the direction of Mark P. Thomas, the concert will feature music synonymous with the fall holiday season. The selections range from classical pieces to pop culture favorites, such as the themes from “The Addams Family” and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “Psycho.”
“It’s a wide range of music,” Thomas said, adding that the selections make up the “sound of the season.”
Linda Kriner, who serves as manager for the philharmonic, said some of the pieces might not be familiar to the audience by name, but they will recognize them when they hear the music.
“You listen to ‘Danse Macabre,’ you know that this is something spooky,” Kriner said. She added that another piece the audience will recognize is “Night on Bald Mountain,” which is widely known from Disney’s 1940 film “Fantasia.”
“This is our way to show different variations of classical music,” Kriner said.
The concert will consist of all stringed instruments and a piano. Kriner said 20 musicians will play, less than a normal concert, but it will help create the atmosphere for the show. The philharmonic will be in the mansion’s main corridor, with the audience surrounding them in the adjoining rooms.
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Thomas said having the show in the mansion will make an intimate setting with the philharmonic playing right on top of the audience.
“I thought it was really fitting for the way the mansion was decorated,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he thought about putting together a Halloween concert a few years ago, but with a different group such as the Schuylkill Choral Society.
He said they were searching for an idea for a new show this year. The group had been performing a Christmas concert, but organizing that concert became difficult, Kriner said.
Thomas said it was Kriner who suggested a Halloweenthemed concert.
“This is something unique, something that hasn’t been done before in this area,” Thomas said.
Kriner said having Halloween fall on a Friday is beneficial as the spirit of the holiday will still be in the air.
“One day later, it’s still Halloween weekend,” she said.
Thomas said the group has received good feedback about the show. Kriner added that she thinks the show will be well received by the audience based on Halloween’s popularity and the show’s uniqueness.
“We decided to do something different. And I think this is going to be a lot of fun,” she said.
Seating for the concert is limited. Ticket reservations can be made by calling the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts at 570-622-2788, ext. 0, or 570-628-5158. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on Saturday.
For more information, visit the philharmonic’s website at www.antphil.org.
DAVID MCKEOWN/STAFF PHOTO Mark P. Thomas, Anthracite Philharmonic conductor, leads rehearsal for the group’s Halloween show, “Spooky Strings,” to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, Pottsville.