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Raritan Valley Symphonic Band to Hold Halloween Concert

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band will present its first Halloween-themed concert, “Haunted Harmonies,” on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert, under the musical direction of Christopher G. Sumner, will aim to transport audience members to crisp autumn nights while providing the sounds of Halloween. According to a release, audience members are being asked to wear their best Halloween costumes for the haunted concert, and children in attendance will be invited to participate in a parade during one of the songs.

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At the end, audience members in costume will be invited to do some trick-or-treating.

The festivities will begin with “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, followed by Puccini’s “La Tregenda.” Other works will include “October” by Eric Whitacre and “Night Dances” by Bruce Yorko.

There will be vampires in “Anguish of Nosferatu,” trolls in “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and a scary rider in “Headless Horseman.”

Sumner made his inaugural debut as artistic director and conductor at the annual RVSB Pops concert this year. For 14 years, he has been the instrumental music director at Piscataway High School, and has also taught at Rutgers University, Seton Hall University and Union County College.

The concert is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.

For more information, consult the website at rvsb.org.

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