Music/Holiday: Musical Spooktacular

Rochester Philharmonic's principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik leads The Florida Orchestra through a Musical Spooktacular this weekend. As the title suggests, the latest installment of the Raymond James Pops concert series captures the spooky spirit of Halloween. The program includes music from Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon and other apropos films. Several creepy symphonic favorites are also featured, like Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, an arrangement based on the French superstition regarding Death's annual Halloween tradition of summoning the dead from their graves so they can dance 'til dawn to the sinister sound of his fiddle-playing, and Mussorgsky's dark and dramatic Night on Bald Mountain, which was inspired by a short story by Nikolai Gogol about witches who gather and hold sabbath on top of a mountain, and was most famously included in the climactic final sequence in Disney's Fantasia. Orchestra members perform in costume and locals are welcome to dress up, too. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Fri. at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacINnes Place, downtown Tampa, 8 p.m. Sat. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., downtown St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sun. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, $19-$65, 727-892-3337, floridaorchestra.org.

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