Symphony concert a “thriller”

The Inland Valley Symphony proudly presented its “THRILLER!” concert on Sunday, Oct. 21. Their first-ever Halloween-themed concert featured the works of both classical and modern cinema horror pieces, such as Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and Mark Snow’s “The X Files” theme.

The Symphony was also pleased to have Joshua Heaphey, violin soloist, join the stage that evening.

“Happy Halloween,” said Music Director and Conductor Anthony Parnther as the symphony fell quiet, preparing to perform. Members of the symphony dressed in Halloween costumes, and some played as clowns, pirates, witches, and even Mario. The pieces ranged from macabre to eerie to emotional.

“How interesting it is that sound influences the way we feel,” Parnther told the audience. “Howard [in the piece “Signs”] even made the harp sound threatening!”

The concert employed a mixture of loud, crashing cymbal sounds and soft, yet spooky, violin harmonies. The final piece, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” ended the night on a fun note, as zombie dancers came to the stage and audience members clapped to the beat.

Children dressed in costume also trailed onto the stage to the tune of Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” receiving goodie bags at the end of their procession.  

The Inland Valley Symphony will hold its next concert on Dec. 15 at their third concert of the season. To learn more about the Symphony, visit


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