Wind Ensemble To Perform Score for Classic Halloween Film Screening

October 13, 2016 - This Halloween, experience the horror story that started it all. The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble will perform the music for a special screening of the classic 1931 movie Frankenstein Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. Preconcert festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Score writer Michael Shapiro will give a brief talk about his music before the concert.

"This special community event is great for families," said Director of Bands Albert Nguyen. "Everyone can come out in costume and kids will be able to trick or treat. It's fun for everyone." This will be the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music's second year for the event. Two years ago, it was held in Harris Concert Hall and could not accommodate the number of people it attracted. It was moved to Rose Theatre to meet the demand.

In 2001, The Chappaqua Orchestra's Boris Koutzen Memorial Fund commissioned Shapiro to write the movie score for Frankenstein, which was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff and Colin Clive. The film was originally written without a score, and Shapiro's haunting music is meant to play under the dialogue of the film, adding emotional impact to the movie. In October 2002, the work with live orchestra and film premiered at the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, or for more information, call the Band Office at 901.678.2263.

Contact: Kimberly Rogers