VSO staging Halloween-themed family concert

Spooky music from the VSO
Spooky music and costumes will be on the program Oct. 29, for a Halloween-themed concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. (Photo courtesy VSO)

Young children and their families are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes on Saturday, Oct. 29, while attending a “Halloween Spooktacular” concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the VSO in a performance of what the orchestra is billing as “some of the spookiest music ever written.”

The concert is set for 3 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, with pre-show activities beginning at 2 p.m.

Despite the ominous description of the day’s musical agenda, VSO officials say, “Don’t be afraid – this concert is more treat than trick, perfect for ages 3-12.”

Tickets for the concert and pre-show activities are $16 for adults and $11 for children.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 757-892-6366, online at www.virginiasymphony.org, or by visiting the VSO Box Office at 150 Boush St. in Norfolk.

The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For group sales of 10 tickets or more, call 757-466-3047.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.