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A Haunting Performance From The Symphony: "The Composer Is Dead"

Chris Eudaily
TPR News
Akiko Fujimoto.

The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.

"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.

"At the beginning you find the conductor dead, so the investigator goes around the orchestra figuring out who might’ve done it -- who might’ve killed the composer. And in turn you learn about each family of instruments in the orchestra, and their quirks, and personalities. So it’s a very fun piece."

The symphony encourages parents to bring their kids since the story will help them understand the magic of how orchestrated music is created. Fujimoto said the event's origins are familiar:

"I should tell you that the book is written by Lemony Snicket, so I think a lot of young people and their families know his other works," Fujimoto said. "But this is a great chance to combine that with music."

Concert-goers are welcome to come dressed as their favorite composer and prizes are offered for the best costume.

"Halloween Spooktacular" is at the Alamo Heights High School Auditorium on October 27. Pre-concert activities for kids start at 1:30 p.m.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii