Join The Philadelphia Orchestra for Two Spooktacular Programs this Halloween

Posted on October 04, 2019
Audience members encouraged to come in costume for Family Concert October 26, 2019


Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte performs the score to silent film The Phantom of the Opera on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall October 31, 2019


(Philadelphia, October 4, 2019)—Get into the Halloween spirit this October as The Philadelphia Orchestra presents two spooky programs full of ghoulish favorites. Guest conductor Aram Demirjian will lead the Orchestra in the annual Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert—an orchestral adventure featuring a monster mashup of iconic cinematic and classically creepy treats for the whole family—on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 11:30 AM in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to seeing Orchestra musicians perform in costume, audience members are encouraged to show up in their Halloween best for a chance to win the Orchestra’s costume contest.

The Phantom of the Opera provides the dramatic backdrop as Philadelphia’s own Peter Richard Conte, known for his performances on the legendary Wanamaker Organ, performs the dramatic soundtrack to the classic 1925 silent film on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. This bone-chilling experience will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 7:30 PM in Verizon Hall. Following the concert, audience members are invited to lie down on stage to feel the vibrations of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, culminating a truly spine-tingling experience. The concert is part of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Experience, supported through a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation. Please note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this concert.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 215.893.1999, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Prices and availability vary by concert.


2019 Philadelphia Orchestra Halloween Programming



Halloween Spooktacular

October 26 at 11:30 AM––Saturday morning––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


The Philadelphia Orchestra

Aram Demirjian Conductor


Williams Excerpt from “Superman March,” from Superman

Prokofiev “Masks,” from Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet

Williams “Rey’s Theme,” from Suite from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Falla “Ritual Fire Dance,” from El amor brujo

Gounod Funeral March of a Marionette

Kabalevsky Galop, from The Comedians

Grieg “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” from Peer Gynt

Tchaikovsky “The Kingdom of Sweets,” from The Nutcracker

Haydn Excerpts from Symphony No. 94 (“Surprise”)

Williams “The Shark Theme,” from Suite from Jaws

Stravinsky “Infernal Dance of King Kastcheï,” from The Firebird

Berlioz “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath,” from Symphonie fantastique


Put on your best Halloween costume and the Orchestra will put on theirs! We've got plenty of musical treats to fill up your goodie bag. The Philadelphia Orchestra explores the spooky and the silly in this orchestral adventure, an annual audience favorite!

Enhance your family's experience with Pre-Concert Adventures, free for all ticket holders, beginning one hour before the concert.



The Phantom of the Opera

October 31 at 7:30 PM––Thursday evening––Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Peter Richard Conte Organ


The Phantom of the OperaSilent film with organ accompaniment


The 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera is technically a silent movie … but not when the mighty Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ is unleashed! Verizon Hall's magnificent instrument creates the perfect soundtrack for this Hollywood classic, a tale of doomed love in the spooky confines of the Paris Opera House. Known for his performances on the legendary Wanamaker Organ, Peter Richard Conte is master of the keyboard for this special Halloween presentation.

Please note: The Philadelphia Orchestra does not perform on this concert.



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