Our spine-tingling showcase begins with Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, a work composed in 2017 inspired by the minuet of a Haydn String Quartet. Music by Italian composer Respighi follows, his Ancient Airs and Dances inspired by Italian lute and guitar music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The Theatre Organ at the Hawaii Theatre Center takes the spotlight in Albinoni’s Adagio for Organ and Strings, which has been heard in many films since the 1960s. Bernard Hermann’s scary suite from the movie Psycho, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ crowd-pleasing Carnival of the Animals, with its musical depictions of exotic wildlife like tortoises, kangaroos, a swan – and pianists – complete the Halloween evening program.
Jeffrey Boeckman, Conductor