Three orchestral concerts celebrating classical compositions that will give you chills is coming to the Phoenix Theatre this Halloween.
On October 30 and October 31 Classical Horror will give you chills.
Illawarra, South Coast and Sydney musicians make up the 40 members who will bring you a spooky, spectacular display of classical horror favourites including, Night on Bald Mountain and Danse Macabre.
The concert is set to be a musical treasure for all ages.
Co-producer and conductor of Classical Horror Ryley Gillen has created the concert alongside co-producer Cameron Zingel for what he says is going to be a once in a lifetime “hex-perience” and offers to be the “high-fright of your shriek-end”.
Narrator Darren Lester will set the scene for this family-friendly story/concert.
Gillen says he grew up in Nowra Hill and graduated at Nowra High School. For this reason he’s continued to be involved in a number of Nowra music related activities and has been a member of the Shoalhaven City Concert Band for over 10 years.
He now performs with the Albatross Musical Theatre Company (AMTC) on trumpet and won the Les Crosby Jazz Scholarship last year after winning the Brass and Woodwind Open Section on trumpet at the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod.
Most recently, Gillen was the orchestra conductor for the Nowra Anglican College production of Hairspray at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre this year.
Gillen has also worked with the local Lydian Singers, and at the end of 2014 says he was privileged to be able to play a solo on trumpet and piccolo trumpet for their production of Stella Natalis at the Shoalhaven School of Arts, under the late Lyn Aldred.
“I will return to the School of Arts next year to play a solo concert as part of Music Shoalhaven's 2016 program,” he says.
Gillen says last year he was involved in the successful movie/concert also held at the Phoenix Theatre, but this year the Classical Horror event was going to be even bigger and better than the 2014 live performance.
Also involved in the Classical Horror orchestra are seven talented musicians from Nowra, including Nowra Brass Band leader Ross Sadler. The team of musicians hope the event will be a success to allow them to host regular orchestral concerts, where local talent can be showcased.
The first Classical Horror concert is on Friday, October 30 at 7.30pm, then again on Saturday, October 31 at 2pm and the final show is on at 7.30pm at the Phoenix Theatre - 24 Bridge Street, Coniston.
Tickets are $20 per person and $17.50 for concession. Tickets are available for purchase at the Phoenix Theatre website: www.phoenixtheatre.net.au.
The show is creeping up fast. If you want to see local talent at its best, secure a ticket.