Enjoy fun for the whole family with a DSO Halloween Spooktacular at Orchestra Hall, October 30

- Young People’s Family Concert Series brings programming for children aged 6 and up, generously sponsored by Sun Communities

- Conductor Kelly Corcoran leads the DSO in a program of spooky favorites

- Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (October 21, 2021) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its Young People’s Family Concert Series with a Halloween Spooktacular conducted by Kelly Corcoran on October 30. The family-friendly program will feature creepy favorites from Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and more. Grab your costume and join the DSO for some symphonic tricks, treats, and spooky surprises as conductor Kelly Corcoran takes audiences on a creepy quest to discover some of the scariest music of all time. 

To protect the health and well-being of its patrons, musicians, and staff due to the ongoing pandemic, the DSO has implemented new safety policies including mask and COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements and contactless e-ticketing. Please note that all children in attendance will be required to adhere to the safety policies, including negative tests for those under 12. Ticketholders for the Young People’s Family Concert Series will also be seated in a socially distanced manner inside Orchestra Hall. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.

The Young People’s Family Concert Series features orchestra performances designed for audiences age 6 and up. The series is sponsored by Sun Communities.

The concert will take place Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Tickets for this performance start at $20 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note the Box Office is currently processing a large backlog of requests due to a technical issue and staffing shortage. The DSO appreciates its patrons’ patience as we work to process all requests.



Young People’s Family Concert Series

Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m.

Orchestra Hall

Kelly Corcoran, conductor

Grab your costume and join us for some symphonic tricks, treats, and spooky surprises as conductor Kelly Corcoran takes us on a creepy quest to discover some of the scariest music of all time! It’s guaranteed fun for the entire family! 

JOHN WILLIAMS Theme from Jaws

TJ COLE Nightscape

MAXIME GOULET On Halloween Night

EDVARD GRIEG “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Suite No.1 from Peer Gynt, Op.46

DAVID BAKER "Fantasy on Themes" from Masque of the Red Death Ballet

KLAUS BADELT ARR. TED RICKETTS Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Curse of the Black Pearl

MODEST MUSSORGSKY A Night on Bald Mountain

JOHN WILLIAMS "Harry's Wondrous World" from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


About Kelly Corcoran

Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran is also the Interim Artistic Advisor of the Lexington Philharmonic. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons, both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus, where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra fifteen years ago and continues to serve on the board.

Corcoran has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Atlanta, Colorado, Charleston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Knoxville, Memphis, Milwaukee, National, and Utah Symphonies, the Naples Philharmonic, and Louisville Orchestra, often with return engagements. Abroad, Corcoran has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica UNCuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, the Bournemouth (UK) Symphony, orchestras in Chile, Germany, Mexico, and the Czech Republic and competed in the VIII Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain. Interested in many musical styles, Corcoran has worked with a range of artists such as Bela Fleck, Leslie Odom Jr., Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, and Chris Botti, and has conducted the film scores to many movies including Psycho and Casablanca in concert. She also serves as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour and National Geographic: Symphony for our World. While Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, she led the Chorus during its 50th anniversary season and prepared and conducted many choral orchestral masterpieces including an appearance at the Cincinnati May Festival performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Originally from Massachusetts and a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 10 years, Corcoran received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory and her Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. She made her professional conducting debut in 2004, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra where she studied with her primary mentor, Leonard Slatkin. Corcoran studied with and shared concerts with Marin Alsop as Honorable Mention for the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship. She also attended the Lucerne Festival's master class in conducting, focusing on contemporary orchestral literature with Pierre Boulez.

Corcoran cares deeply about equity, our youth and the future of classical music and participated in REAL (Racial Equity in Arts Leadership), Project Music, Leadership Nashville, Restorative Justice & The Arts, and Leadership Music and is an Advisor for Music Makes Us. Corcoran is currently completing a Master's in Public Health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She also serves on the Music Faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University. 

Visit kellycorcoran.net for more.

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while Oscar-nominated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair.

Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings.

A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.