Columbus Symphony masked up

The Columbus Symphony will offer a Halloween Spooktacular show Oct. 30 and 31 free to an online audience.

COLUMBUS -- Central Ohio families are invited to celebrate Halloween with the Columbus Symphony’s special “Halloween Spooktacular” free family concert.

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the musicians of the Columbus Symphony in a 45-minute, Halloween-themed concert offering the perfect blend of popular, spooky selections from the worlds of classical and pops. 

The “Halloween Spooktacular” will be posted to the CSO web site at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, and will be available for viewing until midnight on Saturday, Oct. 31. Families are invited to add the concert to their Halloween celebrations and may watch it multiple times.

In addition, the “Halloween Spooktacular” will be broadcast on the big screens at the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) from 4-7 pm on Saturday, October 31. Families are invited to dress up and watch the concert from the lawn, observing all social distancing and safety protocols.

Viewers are encouraged to post social media pictures of themselves and their “Halloween Spooktacular” festivities using the hashtag #csospooktacular.

The event is approximately 45 minutes in length with no intermission. It was recorded at the Ohio Theatre.

Included in the Halloween Spooktacular are a special reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” as well as the following program:

Gounod: “Funeral March of a Marionette”

Grieg: “March of the Dwarfs”

Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King”

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre

Stravinsky: The Firebird - Infernal Dance, Berceuse, Finale

Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries”

Barry: “007 Theme”

Badelt: “He’s a Pirate”

Story (arr.): A Rockin’ Halloween

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The 2020-21 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city's artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Theodore R. Magnuson Unrestricted; Barbara Hardy Unrestricted; Arthur E. and Dorothy D. Shepard; and Helen E. Sandfort Arts-in-Education funds of The Columbus Foundation.

About the Columbus Symphony

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit

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