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ESO's 'Fright Night' to Feature Music, Costume Contest


The Eastern Symphony Orchestra's annual "Fright Night" concert, designed to appeal to kids of all ages, will feature exciting music and the ever-popular costume contest.

The concert is to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

The Eastern Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Richard Robert Rossi, will present Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals," a 14-movement piece featuring various musical styles alluding to different animals.

Guest artists will include pianist Susan Teicher, an EIU faculty member with two degrees from The Julliard School and an elite performance history; pianist Sarah Todd, an EIU graduate student who is pursuing her second master's degree in music; and select members from the Urbana High School Orchestra, led by conductor Tamra Gingold. Narration will be provided by opera singer Jay Ivey, an EIU faculty member.

As always, children are encouraged to participate in the Halloween costume contest, which will be accompanied by the ESO's performance of John Williams' "Star Wars Medley," as well as Paul Dukas' "Sorceror's Apprentice," best known for its use in Walt Disney's 1940 film "Fantasia."

The Eastern Symphony Orchestra is part of the EIU Department of Music.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for EIU employees and senior citizens, and $5 for children and students. Tickets may be purchased in person at Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 217-581-3110, or online at

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities. For more information on the facility and scheduled events, please see