Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
When is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? On Halloween, of course! But watch out, because at this frightfully fun follow-up to the NSO's popular Halloween Spooktacular program, ghoulishly attired musicians might "BOO" you from behind their instruments in return! Don your spookiest 'ween wear and come early for pre-concert trick-or-treating plus a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Then take your seats for a "spirited" performance as an incognito Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts a new round of goosebump-inducing favorites including the Toccata and Fugue in D minor--J.S. Bach's most famous organ piece--featuring the Concert Hall's new Rubenstein Family Organ, the "Ritual Fire Dance" from Manuel de Falla's ballet score El amor brujo ("Love, the Magician"), "Anitra's Dance" from Edvard Grieg's music for the play Peer Gynt, and a selection from John Williams's score for the Harry Potter films.
For age 5 and up.
Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
The Macy's Foundation and Washington Gas are the proud sponsors of the NSO Family Concerts.
Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by the
Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided by
Adobe Foundation, The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey;
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation;
an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education;
and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund
from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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