Three Halloween shows — from virtual to in-person

KSO musicians

J.R. Cassidy, music director of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, wins the prize for most creativity during Covid in finding an indoor venue big enough for a live orchestra concert with social distancing.

The KSO will be opening its 29th season on Halloween night in an industrial warehouse in Hebron, KY.

“Keeping musicians employed and playing during the Covid crisis requires following safety guidelines that are nearly impossible to enact within traditional auditorium settings,” says Cassidy, in his release.

A warehouse is the concert hall this weekend for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

So the resourceful conductor looked for an unconventional space. Verst Group Logistics generously offered the Symphony the use of its Hebron warehouse. It has the square footage of a football field and 40-foot high ceilings to address adequate distancing and circulation concerns.

But that’s not all. An orchestra needs rehearsals. The City of Bellevue helped out for a single rehearsal at the former Joe’s Crab Shak.

The program, “Strings Noir,” is a Halloween mix of string classics that should provide a good scare for musicians and audience alike, Cassidy says. The music includes Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3; Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht (1943 revised); Bernard Hermann’s Suite from Pyscho; and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge.

Geff Strik’s art work will appear on screen during Verklärte Nacht.

Seating is limited to 300. Don your favorite mask, and know that the KSO is committed to safety and keeping the energy and spontaneity of in-person performance alive and well in Northern Kentucky. Tickets: $35. Tickets are available online at, by phone (859) 431-6216, or at the door.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 31, Verst Group Logistics 1985 International Way, Hebron, KY

For those who need to stay home, the KSO is live streaming each concert this season (via multiple cameras) for ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket.

Halloween with the Cincinnati Pops

The Pops’ next “Live From Music Hall” FREE digital performance is at 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops perform a program recorded in Music Hall featuring movie music from Psycho, Us and a Harry Potter Suite; tunes celebrating Día de los Muertos; Astor Piazzolla’s Otoño Porteño with Concertmaster Stefani Matsuo.

Damon Gupton

Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton — who is also a terrific actor — narrates The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

It’s available on and on the Pops’ social media sites. (I have had good results watching on YouTube, streamed to my TV.) The show will also be streamed to Fountain Square, downtown. Missed a concert? They are available for three weeks after their premieres online.

Don’t forget Tunes from the Crypt

What could be better — while you’re waiting for the doorbell to ring — than to listen to Mark Perzel host WGUC’s annual spooky musical treat to accompany your Halloween night. He gets things started with Tunes from the Crypt More Musical Treats at 6:00 p.m., followed by Tunes from the Crypt Lucky 13 at 8:00 p.m. It’s on 90.9 FM or online at

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