For the third consecutive year, Upper Arlington High School’s string orchestras will don costumes for Spooktacular, its annual Halloween concert.
The concert is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the UAHS auditorium, 1650 Ridgeview Road, featuring students from the school’s two string orchestras, its two concert orchestras and its Symphony Strings group.
Guests who attend – particularly younger visitors – are encouraged to also dress in costume. Admission is $5, with children 2 and younger getting in for free. Tickets can be purchased at www.uastrings.org.
The program will include selections from a variety of Disney movies. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the orchestras’ February trip to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Workshop.
“The younger kids like dressing up and seeing the older kids and the directors getting into it, too,” said Anne Holzschuh, Upper Arlington Orchestra Parents Association president. “Who knows? You might see a banana playing the bass.
“It should be a lot of fun for the whole family. We could all use a little more of art in our lives.”
In addition to Disney theme songs, Holzschuh and UAHS Orchestra Director Ed Zunic said the Spooktacular will feature popular “spooky” music such as the “Funeral March of the Marionette,” which is also known as the “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” song.
They also noted that the Symphony Strings will play an original piece called “Rising,” composed by UAHS student Sadie Perry for her senior Capstone project.
Additionally, the concert will feature a costume parade, with candy being passed out to attendees.
“It’s a Halloween party,” Zunic said. “It has become a tradition.
“This town is built on tradition, and I’m thrilled that the community has embraced this event.”
While the Spooktacular will revisit some of the activities it’s maintained in its first two years, this year’s concert will for the first time offer guests opportunities to purchase Pie pies for $13 each.
There will be nine different varieties, including apple, Dutch apple, cherry, blueberry, peach chocolate cream, coconut cream and pecan; pie sales also will support the orchestras’ Orlando trip.
“The pie sales primarily fund the Florida trip and travel scholarships, but also support uniform scholarships, instrument purchase and maintenance, hiring of professional accompanists, clinics and adjudicated events, such as the Central Ohio Strings Invitational, which we hosted last year and will do so again this spring,” Holzschuh said.
Additional information about the Spooktacular is available at www.uastrings.org.
Gretchen Zunic, an orchestra director at the high school and Jones Middle School, said the event will offer the community a chance to get in the Halloween spirit, while supporting music arts education.
She said it’s a fun way to introduce younger audiences to live music.
“There is a wide range of music to appeal to the entire audience,” she said. “Because orchestra doesntt start until fourth grade, this is a great way for younger students in Upper Arlington to have exposure to an orchestra right in their own back yard. Hopefully, it will inspire some of them to choose a string instrument in the future.”