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Haunting Halloween Concerts

10/25/10 by the Hauntmistress

Amidst all of Fall's enticements, the haunted houses, the pumpkin patches, and the harvest festivals, we often overlook the music that makes up the soundtrack to this special season. Thanks to the efforts of the many talented musicians, symphonies, and groups playing Halloween concerts this month you won't want to overlook the dark, spooky, or fun music of the season. Here are a few concerts to check out!

SFSU Scary Concert
Free - Oct. 29, 2010, 1 pm-2 pm
San Francisco State University faculty pianists Inara Morgenstern and Victoria Neve perform Halloween-themed music at this annual Halloween concert.
SFSU, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco

San Francisco Symphony Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
$20-$55 - Oct. 31, 2010, 8 pm-9:30 pm
Spend a spine-tingling Halloween at Davies Symphony Hall, as the Ruffatti Organ of the San Francisco Symphony accompanies this newly restored version of the 1920 silent classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. This eerie screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's mesmerizing take is a perfectly ghoulish way to enjoy the spookiest night of the year. The evening’s concert also features the uproarious Buster Keaton short The Haunted House.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

MJ Thriller Halloween Ball
$25 - Oct. 29, 2010, 10:30 pm-1 am
Yoshi’s is pleased to be hosting the MJ Thriller Halloween Ball featuring the Bay Area’s haunting band Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson.
Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco

Redwood Symphony Halloween Concert
$20 - Oct. 30, 2010, 3 pm-5 pm
Kids and adults alike can wear costumes to this concert of spooky musical treats by the Redwood Symphony. This event begins with a “Tour of the Orchestra”, plus favorites from the movies!
Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

Jazzschool Halloween Celebration
$18 - Oct. 31, 2010, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
The Jazzschool’s annual Halloween concert featuring Susan Muscarella, piano; John Shifflett, bass; Jason Lewis, drums; and special guests Linda Tillery, vocals; and Mike Zilber, sax.
Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley

Pipe Screams Halloween Music Spook-tacular & Party
Free; Oct. 30, 2010, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Don't miss the ninth annual Pipe Screams! Ghosts and goblins, little fairies, and church talent of all ages sing and play Halloween favorites from Young Frankenstein, Purple People Eater, The Addams Family, Jekyll & Hyde, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more under the largest spider web you've ever seen! Plus games for little ghouls and goblins, tours through the Haunted Parlor, and frightening food. Get in the spirit - come in costume!
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda

UC Choral Ensembles Halloween Show
$7 - Oct. 29, 2010, 8 pm-10 pm
Come out and enjoy spooktacular performances by UC Berkeley’s Men’s Chorale, UC Women’s Chorale, UC Men’s Octet, California Golden Overtones, Noteworthy, Cal Jazz Choir, and Perfect Fifth.
UC Berkeley, 155 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley

Stanford Halloween Concert
$10; $5 students - Oct. 31, 2010, 8 pm-10 pm
The Stanford Wind Ensemble, conducted by Giancarlo Aquilanti, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martín Fraile, present a chilling evening of works in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve!
Stanford University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Dr., Stanford

San Jose Wind Symphony Witches’ Brouhaha
$20 - Oct. 31, 2010, 3 pm-5 pm
You’ll enjoy macabre medleys from Wicked and Phantom of the Opera and creepy classics like Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Bring the kids to this San Jose Wind Symphony concert and be sure to wear your most outrageous outfit – special guest judges will be awarding prizes for the best costumes!
McAfee Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga

Creepy Crawly Cabaret
Free; Oct. 29-30, 2010, 7:30 pm-9 pm
Come celebrate the spirit of Halloween with Creepy Crawly Cabaret, a 50 minute music theatre work featuring the music of Marin County composers in an appropriately haunting setting. This kid-friendly piece is by no means a children's piece and grown ups will find much to contemplate as well as smile about.
College of Marin, Lefort Recital Hall, 835 College Ave., Kentfield

If all of this fun doesn’t make you excited about the Fall, then check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many more activities happening around the extended Bay Area!


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