A Symphonic Halloween with Leo Marchildon
St. Paul's Anglican Church
The new PEI Pops under the direction of Leo Marchildon is preparing to entertain Charlottetown audiences on October 22 with a varied program transporting listeners from the depths of the macabre Halloween world to the heights of national pride for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
The first half of the program features Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain” (made famous in Walt Disney’s Fantasia), Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” (also known as the Alfred Hitchcock Theme), selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, and the chilling string writing of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann in his Prelude to Hitchcock’s Psycho. Rounding it off is the Overture to Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”
The second half of the program celebrates Canada’s Birthday with Gimby’s 1967 classic “Canada” and Marchildon’s own “Canada, Our Dear Home,” a symphonic tribute to the contribution made by PEI music in helping to form our nation’s identity. Local Acadian and Celtic fiddle tunes, as well as the Mi’kmaq Honor Song are interwoven within Marchildon’s anthemic composition, resulting in a musical tapestry celebrating PEI’s cultural legacy.
Soprano Sylvia Mutch will be on hand, singing in Mi’kmaq, French and English in bringing these ideas to life.
The PEI Pops (originally the Strathgartney Chamber orchestra) is a volunteer orchestra that brings light classical music to the community about 4 times a year. The concert starts at 3 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located on Prince Street in downtown Charlottetown. Admission is by free will offering.