AVPA to Play Scary Sounds for Fall Concert and Carnival – Oct. 27

philharmonster-halloween-concertThe AVPA Music program presents “Halloween Haunts,” our annual Fall Concert, on Thursday, October 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building (4117 Overland Blvd). The music begins at 7 pm, but there are special treats beforehand!  The Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Chamber Singers will perform, showcasing the talented students at Culver City High School.

The String Orchestra, directed by Dr. Tania Fleischer, will perform Trick-or-Treat: A Halloween Fantasy for Pizzicato Strings by Ferde Grofé. The Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Tony Spano and Lauren Hayes, will perform a medley from the Broadway smash hit Wicked, along with music from Harry Potter. To celebrate the Culver City Centennial, the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Spano, will perform the song Blue Moon, which was written for the MGM film “Manhattan Melodrama” in 1934. The Concert Band, directed by Dr. Spano, will also perform The Symphonic Gershwin, including music from An American in Paris, filmed at MGM in 1951. Additional music from Nightmare Before Christmas will also be featured. The Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. David Brennan and recent winners of the “Culver Cup” at the City Block Party, will perform as well.

This entertaining event of music and haunted surprises will include a pre-concert Trick-or-Treat Carnival for children of middle-school age and younger between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Kids in costumes will win a prize! VCHOS, a food truck serving traditional Central American pupusas with a modern Latin twist, will be parked outside Veterans Memorial Building from 5 to 7p.m. for those who’d like to purchase dinner before the concert.

5 – 7 p.m. VCHOS Food Truck (www.vchostruck.com)

6 – 6:45 p.m. Trick-or-treat carnival with prizes for kids in costume

7 p.m. Music concert begins

Admission is free; donations are welcome and benefit the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Veterans Memorial Building is located at 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. To make a donation online, visit www.avpa.org and click “donate.”


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