Halloween Week Fun at The Max: Nosferatu + Live Music, Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits, and The Ghost of Orchestra Hall with the DSO

- The Andrew Alden Ensemble performs new score set to film Nosferatu live on Thursday, October 31

- Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert Series brings family fun on Saturday, November 2, generously sponsored by Sun Communities

Detroit, (October 17, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and guest artists present Halloween entertainment including a horror film screening and children’s programs at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The festivities begin on Halloween night with Nosferatu + Live Music. The classic Dracula adaptation by F.W. Murnau is brought to life with a new score played live by the Andrew Alden Ensemble. Melding the horror of the film with the sensibilities of classical chamber music, and the distinct edge of rock, audiences are treated to a new experience with a memorable favorite.

Nosferatu + Live Music takes place Thursday, October 31 at 7 p.m. at The Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube.

On Saturday, The Max offers a morning of family performances, with all invited to come in costume! Festivities begin with a Tiny Tots show by Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits called Shake, Rattle, and Roll — a high-energy program featuring popular children’s songs set to a rock n’ roll beat.

Later, the DSO presents The Ghost of Orchestra Hall conducted by Chelsea Gallo. This Young People’s Family Concert, featuring pianist Gavin George and Actor Evá Sarai Vesprini, celebrates the centennial of Orchestra Hall through the tale of its friendly resident ghost. Program includes highlights from Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bernstein’s West Side StoryStar Wars, and other favorites.

Both family events take place on Saturday, November 2 with Shake, Rattle, and Roll at 10 a.m. at The Cube and The Ghost of Orchestra Hall at 11 a.m. at Orchestra Hall.

A variety of kid-friendly activities will be on hand in the atrium beginning at 9:30 a.m. for audiences to both concerts, including balloon art, face painting, instrument trials, and more. And the annual costume contest is back, with winners announced during both the Tiny Tots and Young People’s Family Concert performances.

Note: The DSO does not perform in Nosferatu + Live Music or Tiny Tots. Tiny Tots is designed for children ages 2-6 and their families. Audiences at Young People’s Family Concerts are generally aged 6 and up.

For more information about the conductor, musicians, and performers, please contact communications@dso.org.

About Orchestra Hall

Built for the DSO at the request of then-music director Ossip Gabrilowitsch during the summer of 1919, Orchestra Hall was designed by noted theater architect C. Howard Crane (who also designed Detroit’s Fox Theatre and the current Detroit Opera House) and is renowned for its historic beauty and perfect acoustics. After the hall’s opening on October 23, 1919, the DSO entered a twenty-year golden age, which included its Carnegie Hall debut, its first records for RCA Victor, and making history as the first orchestra to perform a live radio broadcast concert, on February 10, 1922, from Orchestra Hall. 

When the DSO left for the larger Masonic Auditorium in 1939, Orchestra Hall took on a new life as the Paradise Theatre from 1941–1951, serving as Detroit’s premier venue for jazz, blues, and R&B. The hall was then long-dormant and nearly demolished in 1970 to make way for a fast-food burger chain, before a group of musicians and civic leaders rallied to save it from the wrecking ball and raise money to restore it over the course of 20 years. The DSO returned to a refurbished Orchestra Hall in 1989 and expanded its footprint in 2003 with the opening of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all three shows can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or jsabatella@dso.org.

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 institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding 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 America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven 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 radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, 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.