Halloween is a very old holiday, a celebration in honor of the dead -- positioned at the end of the harvest season, and marking the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that on the last day of October the souls of the dead visit the earth. So Halloween is the night of the year we're closest to the spirit world.
Join Michael Arnowitt for a devilish program of deliciously spooky music, with Ravel's mischievous Scarbo, Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag, Saint-Saens' Danse macabre, Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, Crumb's Dream Images and more, including a lights-out performance of Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, should you have a pipe organ handy.
In 1996 this concert was performed in collaboration with Joe Citro, the noted author, who for the second half of the program read from his various books of historical horror tales.