The Great Falls Symphony Presents Halloween Sooktacular

Sunday, October 29, 3:00 pm




$31-$37 adult

$5 student (if purchased by October 27)

$10 Student (if purchased the day of the performance)


Tickets: Mansfield Box Office, 406.455.8514

Open M-F, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm and from 1:30 - 3:00 pm Sunday

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Contact:               Hillary Rose Shepherd, Great Falls Symphony, 406.453.4102

                                Grant Harville, Music Director/Conductor: 406.453.4102


GREAT FALLS, MT: The Great Falls Symphony continues the 2017-18 Silver Series season with Halloween Spooktacular, featuring the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra (dressed in costume) and thematic symphonic music that tells the story of things that go “bump in the night.” Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Young Artist Competition winner, Kobe Rowe, returns to Great Falls to perform Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens.

This season of celebration is sponsored by D.A. Davidson Companies, and Halloween Spooktacular is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.

Starting at 2:00 in the Gibson Room on the 2nd floor of the Mansfield Theater will be an opportunity for you and the kids to create Halloween-themed Shrinky Dink jewelry charms, construct spiders and pumpkins out of pipe cleaners, and enjoy holiday treats. Come in costume and participate in the Great Falls Symphony Facebook Costume Contest by posting a photo on Facebook from our photo booth. Tag the Great Falls Symphony in your photo. Prizes for best costume will be announced from stage after intermission.

Halloween is a time for telling stories, particularly supernatural tales of those things that only come out at night. Three pieces on this program are musical tales of this sort, including Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Better known by his Spanish name of Don Juan, Giovanni is a notorious lowlife who will stop at nothing to obtain his desires - including murder. Don finds himself in a graveyard next to the statue of an unknown man. The statue begins to speak to him and warns him of the turmoil he will endure if he continues his destructive lifestyle. Come to the concert on Sunday to discover what comes of Don Giovanni!

Though a staple of Halloween concerts worldwide, Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain actually depicts events taking place on St. John’s Eve, a midsummer feast day. Loosely inspired by a Nikolai Gogol short story, Mussorgsky added the idea of a witches’ Sabbath, probably an entirely apocryphal event where people gather to perform various rituals, generally with the goals of summoning spirits and raising the dead. Night on Bald Mountain was made popular by its feature in Disney’s Fantasia.

By contrast, the events in Camille Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre do in fact take place on Halloween, and it is Death himself doing the summoning, rather than a cabal of worshippers. This composition depicts Death as an out-of-tune violinist (soloist Kobe Rowe tunes his E-string down to E-flat) who entices the dead to rise and dance – heard on the bone-rattling xylophone – while he plays. Saint-Saens incorporates the famous Dies irae chant, a medieval Mass sequence where the dead are called from their graves by a “strange trumpet” to be judged. But the chant is set in a playful major key, and at the end, a rooster’s crow can be heard from the oboist.

Maurice Ravel wrote his Mother Goose Suite in 1910 as a piano duet for two children and based the movements on familiar fairy tales Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb, and Ugly Little One. A year later, he turned the piece into a ballet, adding more music and full orchestration.

Danny Elfman’s route to film composition began through stints as a band musician, a performance artist and an actor. Because of a long and successful collaboration with Tim Burton, Elfman has composed the music for films including Batman, Edward Scissorhands, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the 2002 release of Spider-man, which will be featured at this concert.

Violinist Kobe Rowe first picked up violin in Billings, Montana at the age of five. Soon after, his family moved to Great Falls where he had the opportunity to study under Mary Papoulis. Kobe joined the Youth Orchestra in 7th grade and then began performing with the Great Falls Symphony at the age of 14. Now a high school senior, his passion for music is a driving force in his life. Currently Kobe is living in Provo, Utah. He hopes to continue his violin studies at the BYU School of Music. Kobe is extremely grateful for all the support and influence of the Great Falls music community in past years and is excited to perform again on his “home stage.”

The Silver Series season will continue on Sunday, December 3rd at 3:00 pm with Holiday Harmony—a concert filled with holiday tradition fit for the whole family. Single tickets go on sale on Monday, October 30th.  

Season tickets are still the best value. Get your season pass to a transformative symphonic year at the Mansfield box office. Subscribers get to reserve the best seats for the best prices, buy before the general public, get the same seats at every concert, and have the first right to renew those seats or exchange them for a different location each year. In addition, subscribers will enjoy exclusive offers and opportunities throughout the season. Special discounted package rates available for students age 20 and under and for young professionals ages 21-40.


The Great Falls Symphony’s mission is to infuse cultural vibrancy into the Great Falls community through transformative music events and education programs. We strongly believe in developing a legacy for our future through the enrichment of our youth, and we believe that the Symphony should be accessible to all. That’s why the Great Falls Symphony proudly offers the NEW Student Ticket Program.

This program allows for all students age 20 and under to be able to obtain a reserved Symphony ticket for the low cost of $5 per concert, if purchased in advance. The reduced rate offers students the ability to experience high quality, live symphonic music all season long in the seat of their choice. In partnership with 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, we are able to bring this extraordinary opportunity to the students of the Great Falls community and beyond.

Student Tickets are $10 if purchased the day of the concert. To take advantage of this amazing $5 Student Ticket offer, tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to the date of the concert.

Single admission tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at the Civic Center Mansfield Box Office at 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls; by phone at 406.455.8514 (open Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm); or online 24-hours at  Single tickets are $31-$37 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under, if purchased in advance or $10 at the door.  On the day of the concert, the box office in the theater lobby will open at 1:30 pm for ticket sales. For more information, contact the Great Falls Symphony at 406.453.4102 or at

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