Scary Mozart

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October 25, 2004 // UPDATED 4:26 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Britt Johnsen
Britt Johnsen

If it's possible, even Mozart will sound scary near Halloween, says Marlene Pauley of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).

Artistic Director Pauley is excited to be part of the GTCYS's fifth-annual Halloween concert, Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Orchestra Hall on South 10 Street & Nicollet Mall.

"It's pretty cool because it's a lot more than just music on the stage," Pauley said. At about 11:30 a.m., people of all ages can come to get their faces painted, carve pumpkins and have cookies and cider at this $10 event.

Once inside the hall, there will be plenty of special effects to glue kids to their chairs -- from high-tech lighting effects to spooky mist. GTCYS will also play a black and white Disney cartoon from 1927.

The visuals will complement the "scary" and "ominous" classical music performed by the GTCYS musicians (most of whom are between 15 and 18), Pauley said. Audience members may recognize one piece in particular -- a Mozart symphony in minor key that was featured in the movie "Amadeus."

After intermission, Pauley and others will be decked out in Halloween costumes. Audience members will be encouraged to parade across the stage to a "happy sounding" piece called "Masks," originally written by Sergei Prokofiev.

Pauley said the event, in its entirety, is designed to be a fun celebration of Halloween and give people a "high-quality classical (music) experience.

"Music can describe everything and anything," Pauley said. "It's a language that connects all people."

For more information or tickets, go to or call 371-5656.