North Valley Symphony Orchestra presents 1st concert of season

North Valley Symphony Orchestra opens it seventh concert season with “Fall Fright Night” Oct. 20. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.

The program includes several selections heard in scary movies or television programs. Included is music from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Psycho,” creating the suspenseful and sometimes terrifying atmosphere of the film.

Attendees will hear theme music from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a 1984 American slasher film, and “The Funeral March of a Marionette,” a piece written by Charles Gounod in 1872, that you’ll recognize as theme music for the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Two pieces from Walt Disney’s animated film “Fantasia” will be part of the program — the theme around apprentice Mickey Mouse in Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s arrangement of “Night on Bald Mountain.”

“In addition to performing well-known movie and TV themes, we’re excited to bring other classic pieces with frightful undertones to our October audience,” Music director Kevin Kozacek said. “We’ll play a symphonic poem by César Franck called ‘The Accursed Huntsman,’ a story of a Count of the Rhine who dares to go hunting on a Sunday morning, in violation of the Sabbath.

“In the fifth movement of ‘Symphony Fantastique,’ you’ll hear how Berlioz used orchestra instruments to tell a story of the ‘Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.’ Listen for strange noises that sound like groans, the clarinet sounding like witches mocking the main character, and high-registered descending staccato violins sounding like laughter. This concert is a great warm-up to the Halloween season.”

North Valley Youth Orchestra, conducted by Josh Lynch, will introduce its season at the concert by taking the stage for a short time to perform Elfman’s “This is Halloween,” arranged by Kazik.

Ticket prices are $5 each concert or $15 for a season pass that includes all four concerts. For more information about NVSO, to purchase tickets, or if interested in supporting one of the concerts, visit NVSO’s website (northvalleysymphony.org).

“Fall Fright Night” is sponsored by JCJ Architecture, a company whose work encompasses a variety of hospitality, education, commercial and civic projects across the nation.

NVSO is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and also the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

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