On October 21 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performed their annual Halloween Spooktacular program before a full house, many of whom were attired in a myriad of costumes including the members of the BPO. Kicking off the BPO Kids series, the program was shorter than the typical BPO program and contained no intermission.


With the stage decorated with pumpkins and corn stalks, new BPO conductor Todd Craven, dressed as Harry Potter, the BPO opened the show with “Dance of the Furies” from “Orfeo ed Euridice”. Then came “Harry’s Wondrous World” from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

A kingly guest conductor came to the stage for the “Polonaise” from “Eugene Onegin” by Peter Illych Tchaikovsky and “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsikov.

Todd Craven returned to the stage for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” that was accompanied by a slide show of scary cartoons on the video screen.

Guest vocalist Leah Wietig came on the stage for a performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from the animated film “Moana”.


In a parody of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, Leah led the audience in a rousing rendition of “The 12 Days of Halloween” that featured an owl, candy corn, black cats, skeletons, hairy things, pumpkins, witches, cauldrons, goblins, dancing zombies, bats, and ghosts.


The program ended with the traditional “Funeral March of a Marionette” while young concert goers marched across the stage displaying their costumes.


It was a fun filled way to spend the afternoon and enjoy some good music.