Spooky strings

Phil­har­monic to present 1st Hal­loween con­cert Satur­day

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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.

“We de­cided

to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

And I think this is go­ing to be a lot of


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.

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