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October 23, 2012

Costume fun at Purdue Symphony's annual 'Creepy Classics'

WEST LAFAYETTE - Ind. - Costumes are the order of the day for the Purdue Symphony members, ushers and children attending Sunday's (Oct. 28) "Creepy Classics" concert at the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette.

The 10th annual free family concert, which runs from 2:30-4 p.m., is sponsored by Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Since the beginning, a costume parade across the stage has been an integral part of the event.

The Long Center will be decorated 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 & Orchestras.

Short works from Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bizet and others that contain drama and explosiveness will be performed during the one-hour program designed for children as an introduction to the orchestra. They include Bizet's "Carmen Suite," the "Finale" from Stravkinsky's "The Firebird" and "Summer" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."

King purposefully picks out classical works that are easily accessible to audiences new to orchestra concerts.  "This concert is fun because it's all about finding cool, new and interesting ways to share music with kids," he says.

Purdue Bands & Orchestra offers a series of jazz, concert band, orchestra and percussion events throughout the year. For more information http://www.purdue.edu/bands 

Contact: Kathy Matter, 765-496-8765, kcmatter@purdue.edu