Kids, costumes and ‘Jurassic Park’ – a great mix at ‘Creepy Classics’

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Costumes are the order of the day for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween family pops concert “Creepy Classics” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 17) at the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., in downtown Lafayette, Indiana.

Admission is free.

Music inspired by dinosaurs in the form of John Williams’ themes from “Jurassic Park” mixes with traditional Halloween favorites from classical literature – “Night on Bald Mountain,” “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and others – at the concert.

The Long Center will be decorated for the event with costumed greeters at the doors. Costumed musicians will parade through the aisles to begin the event.

“Probably the most anticipated moment of the afternoon is the traditional Halloween parade when youngsters get to show off their costumes to the crowd as they walk across the stage and pick up a treat bag from director Andrew King,” says Kathy Matter, spokesperson for Purdue Bands Orchestra.

This is the eighth anniversary of the event initiated in 2003.

King purposefully picks out classical works that create amusement and suspense.

“This concert is fun because it’s all about finding cool, new and interesting ways to share music with kids,” he says.

Mussorgsky’s macabre “A Night on Bald Mountain,” was inspired by Russian legend and made famous in the 20th century by Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.” In it, the composer musically describes a supernatural gathering of witches and demons on a craggy mountaintop.

“All the music is easy to listen to on a lot of levels. They’re all short. They’re all great tunes and great stories, and people can listen for special things in them,” King says. “But at the same time, the music has a lot of depth.

“There’s more fantasy in “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” written by Edvard Grieg for a play by Henrik Ibsen titled “Peer Gynt.” The music underscores a scene where Peer sneaks into the Mountain King’s castle and describes his attempts to escape from the king and his trolls.”

During the costume parade, a variety of popular Halloween-related tunes will be performed, including “Rockin’ Halloween” and “Rats, Bats and Spiders.”

The concert is sponsored by Purdue Bands & Orchestras, which offers a series of jazz, concert band, orchestra and percussion events throughout the year. More information is available online at

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