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KU Symphony Orchestra to perform a creature-filled, family-friendly Halloween concert Oct. 28

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LAWRENCE – In a concert filled with creatures that creep, crawl and caw, the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Halloween performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Lied Center of Kansas.

The KU School of Music will host a costume contest on stage during the concert for ages 18 and under with prizes going to the best costumes in four categories. Prior to the concert, starting at 6:30 p.m., Sigma Alpha Iota will sponsor an instrument petting zoo, allowing children to touch, hold and play orchestral instruments under the instruction of School of Music students.

From bees to elephants, animals of all shapes and sizes will be the focus of works performed at this year’s family-friendly concert. Conducted by Raffaele Cipriano, the concert’s animal-themed favorites include among others Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo. The closing piece, the Finale from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, will feature the University Dance Company.

Children in costume ages 18 and younger are admitted free. Concert tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu.

Sponsors for the costume contest are Laugh Out Loud Family Fun Zone, KU Alumni Association, Meyer Music and the KU Bookstore.

The concert will be available on live stream at http://livestream.com/liedcenter/events/6415307.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.

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