Spooky sounds

‘Spooky Strings 4’ set for Satur­day at new venue

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDITOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6002

Alo­cal group of mu­si­cians is plan­ning to bring back from the dead a well-re­ceived act, fea­tur­ing ghoul­ish grooves and macabre melodies, just in time for Hal­loween week­end in the city’s down­town

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand and at a new venue to boot, the An­thracite Phil­har­monic, un­der the di­rec­tion of Mark P. Thomas, will present Spooky Strings 4 at 7 p.m. Satur­day at the Ma­jes­tic The­ater, 209 N. Cen­tre St., Pottsville. Tick­ets for the event are $20 and can be bought at the door, ac­cord­ing to Linda Kriner, or­ches­tra man­ager and pres­i­dent of the phil­har­monic board.

The fourth in­stall­ment of Spooky Strings, which wasn’t held last year, is “a com­pi­la­tion of Hal­loween­themed mu­sic from the theme mu­sic from ‘Psy­cho’ the movie, which ev­ery­body knows, to clas­si­cal com­po­si­tions like ‘Night on Bald Moun­tain,’ ” Kriner said. “This was writ­ten in the 1800s some­time by a Rus­sian com­poser, (Mod­est) Mus­sorgsky, and he took it from some kind of a fa­ble where the witches would gather on one night on this moun­tain to gos­sip, to play and carry on un­til the devil comes. And when the devil gets there, they all wor­ship him . ... It’s kind of bizarre for the 19th cen­tury.”

Kriner added that, like the fran­tic-sound­ing “Night on Bald Moun­tain,” much of the orig­i­nal clas­si­cal mu­sic is very much rec­og­niz­able.

The setlist, to be played by a group of 22 string play­ers — 12 vi­o­lin­ists, four vi­o­lists, four cel­lists and two bassists — in­cludes The Ad­dams Fam­ily theme, the “Danse Macabre,” “The Mon­ster Mash” and se­lec­tions from “Mid­night at the Mu­seum,” “The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low,” the “Harry Pot­ter” se­ries and “Ed­ward Scis­sorhands.”

“We don’t al­ways think of clas­si­cal mu­sic at a Hal­loween party,” Kriner said. “And I un­der­stand the the­ater will be dec­o­rated, so that will add to the atmosphere.” The per­form­ers, she said, will also be in cos­tume.

Af­ter see­ing the scenes in the city a few weeks ago, Kriner is hop­ing that the bustling na­ture of the fes­tive Pottsville will be a draw at the Ma­jes­tic The­atre and a boon to the mu­si­cians.

“Pottsville was alive. There were peo­ple go­ing into the restau­rants ... and I thought ‘wow, this is Pottsville around 6 o’clock on a Satur­day night, and that’s nice to see.’ That’s why I’m ex­cited to be down here again . ... We en­cour­age all ages to come be­cause this is some­thing that’s fun, plus it in­tro­duces clas­si­cal mu­sic to peo­ple who don’t know they’re hear­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic.”

Next for the An­thracite Phil­har­monic is the spring con­cert, to be held in April with a theme yet to be an­nounced. For more in­for­ma­tion about Spooky Strings 4 or the phil­har­monic, visit www.antphil.org or Face­book: An­thracite Phil­har­monic.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Mark P. Thomas, right, di­rects mem­bers of the An­thracite Phil­har­monic’s vi­o­lin sec­tion, from left, Michael John­son, Pottsville; Deirdre Kelly, Quak­er­town; Laura Meyer and Daniel Gib­son, both of Penns­burg, and Pey­ton Thomas, Barto, dur­ing re­hearsal for the group’s Spooky Strings 4 con­cert to be held 7 p.m. Satur­day at the Ma­jes­tic The­ater, Pottsville.

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