HSO’s Tales of Halloween

HSO's Tales of Halloween

HSO’s Tales of Halloween

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell

3 PM

This Halloween, take a trip through the world of spooky folklore alongside the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, October 29, John Jesensky and the HSO will guide adventurous concert goers on a live, hair-raising encounter with the spookiest music ever written for the concert hall and silver screen. Live performances of such thrilling classics as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jaws” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—as well as the world premiere of Jesensky’s very own “Tales of Halloween” featuring original music, bone-chilling text and spooktacular visuals from him and renowned Connecticut artists—will transform The Bushnell into a haunting experience no brave soul will want to miss. Dress up the entire family in your best Halloween costumes and join us for an afternoon of festive chills, thrills, trick-or-treating and fun, family-friendly activities.

More about John Jesensky:

A life-long lover of all things Halloween, Connecticut native John Jesensky felt inspired to share his passion for the spooky season with the whole world. To that end, the composer/conductor teamed up with two other local artists to create a unique scare-fest that combines spooky music, eerie stories and unique illustrations into a true Halloween experience. The world premiere of “Tales of Halloween” offers the daring fun that audiences can only experience during Halloween.


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Bach “Toccata” from Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Webber (Arr. Calvin Custer) The Phantom of the Opera (selections)

Saint-Saens Danse macabre, Op. 40

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

Mussorgsky (Orch. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov) A Night on Bald Mountain

Herrmann Psycho Prelude

Herrmann Vertigo Prelude

Williams “Main Theme” from Jaws

Jesensky Tales of Halloween

  • Patrice Fitzgerald, narrator
  • Marissa Madonna, illustrator

Elfman (Arr. John Jesensky) Suite from The Nightmare Before Christmas

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