The University of Kansas' Symphony Orchestra puts on its third annual Halloween concert this Friday, October 28. For those who've not had the opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind event, it's the sort of thing that defines the word "spectacle." For last year's performance, the Symphony's conductor, Professor David Neely, conducted Star Wars
' "Imperial March" as Darth Vader, using a lightsaber as a baton. During Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King," a piano rose from the orchestra pit, accompanied by plumes of white smoke, as McNeely continued conducting with a ram's skull staff. Like we said — not to miss.
This year's event is billed as "Cowboys Vs. Aliens," with music from Star Trek
alongside Aaron Copeland's "Rodeo." Professor McNeely will undergo at least five costume changes, but other than what we've told you, details are being kept under tight wraps.
For the second year, there will also be an attendant costume contest, hosted by Kansas Public Radio's J. Schafer. Prizes will be given in three categories — youth, collegiate, and adult — although it's going to be tough to top last year's youth winner, an adorable toddler dressed as a Lego minifig.
The costume contest is open to the public, and starts at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting promptly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the general public, and $5 for seniors and KU students.