The Michigan Philharmonic performed another amazing Halloween concert, “Phantom Philharmonic” at the Marquis Theatre, Northville Michigan on October 19. The theatre was decorated to the hilt with Halloween and fall harvest themes. Many guests came in fantastic Halloween costumes, and the orchestra members also wore their whimsical attire. Maestro Nan Washburn chose perfect selections for the special night:
J.S. Bach Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565 (keyboard solo)
Richard Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Paul Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Themes
Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera Selections
James Newton Howard Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard Batman: The Dark Knight
Rupert Gregson-Williams Wonder Woman
Ludwig Göransson Black Panther
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul The Greatest Showman
Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters
My favorite was the Phantom of the Opera favorites. Chills ran up and down my spine when I heard the haunting music. You just can’t go wrong with any Andrew LLoyd Webber!
Everyone felt the selections were really wisely chosen – no one category was over-represented. Patrons loved the variety as much as they loved the colorful costumes worn by the musicians.
This concert is a yearly favorite. The big question is always: “What will the maestro wear?” This year she was a traffic cop, complete with white gloves and whistle. She could not ride her traditional bicycle down the aisle as in years past, because this was held at the Marquis Theatre with sharply sloped floors.
Sound inside the theatre was very good. The walls were solid which allowed the rich notes from the musicians permeate throughout the auditorium. Maestro Washburn had perfect control over the Philharmonic as she led the talented group.
Since this was not held at a school, the traditional bake sale did not occur. For many of us, that is one of our favorite “treats” during the Halloween concert. However, a concession stand did sell popular items to guests.
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