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KU Symphony Orchestra presents annual Halloween concert at Lied Center

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Neely, will present its annual Halloween concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the Lied Center of Kansas. The KU School of Music will host a community costume contest and instrument petting zoo prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Lied Center Lobby.

The 6:30 p.m. costume contest is open to the community in four categories: Youth (0-12), Teen (13-18), Adult (18+) and Group (Group themed costumes). The costume contest will be hosted by Mark Edwards, Classical Music Director for Kansas Public Radio. The top winner in each category will receive a prize to be presented onstage during the concert. The instrument petting zoo, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota, gives children an opportunity to interact with a variety of orchestral instruments with instruction from KU School of Music students.  

The evening’s main event is the always entertaining KU Symphony Orchestra Halloween concert in the Lied auditorium at 7:30 p.m. where the orchestra will perform in costume. This annual concert is a favorite for all ages, featuring music from the spooky to the magical. This year’s performance will feature Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka and Firebird Suite, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Thunder and Lightning and a very special performance of Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis featuring KU Professor of Bassoon Eric Stomberg. The audience even has a chance to get in on the act by bringing their stuffed animal friends to join the orchestra onstage during a portion of the performance. Please bring your stuffed friends (labeled with your name) so that they can be in the spotlight at the Lied!


Sponsors for the KU Symphony Orchestra Halloween Costume Contest include KU School of Music, Kansas Public Radio, The KU Bookstores and The Olivia Collection.

Costume contest prizes by category:

Youth Category (0-12): $50 The Toy Store gift card

Teen Catergory (13-18): $20 Jimmy John’s gift card and $30 I-Tunes gift card

Adult Category (18+): One night stay at The Oread Hotel

Group Category: $40 Rudy’s Pizza gift card, $20 Liberty Hall gift card and $10 La Prima Tazza gift card.



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 www.lied.ku.edu.

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

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