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Utah Symphony Casts a Spell with a Wizarding Halloween Spooktacular


Salt Lake Comic Con VIP FanX 2016 passes among top prizes for 25th annual costume contest.

Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda leads the Utah Symphony in the enchanting “A Wizarding Halloween Spooktacular!” concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 PM in Abravanel Hall. Hotoda and the orchestra will perform magical pieces from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch’s Ride”, “Harry Potter,” and more. Tickets, starting at $8, are available for purchase through or by calling (801) 355-2787.

The concert premise revolves around Ms. Hotoda as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the musical repertoire representing all the fascinating classes she attends there. The second half of the concert is devoted entirely to legendary film composer John Williams’ “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite”, which lasts approximately 24 spell-binding minutes.

Media sponsor KSL NewsRadio and community sponsor Salt Lake Comic Con present the 25th annual costume contest, which will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the main lobby of Abravanel Hall. Families, groups, and individuals are invited to participate in the contest. This is the largest Halloween costume contest in the state, and it attracts elaborate, outrageous, and extraordinary costumes. So be sure to wear your zombie masks and witch hats for your chance to win amazing prizes! Utah Symphony musicians have also been known to get into the Halloween spirit, donning costumes of their own to play in for the duration of the concert.

Each costume contest category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, including Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2016 passes, and other prizes from The Leonardo, Natural History Museum of Utah, Tracy Aviary, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, restaurant meals, and other family-friendly activities. The winners will be announced on stage immediately following intermission as determined by audience applause.


The Utah Symphony presents A Wizarding Halloween Spooktacular!

Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
October 27, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Rei Hotoda, Conductor

Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Humperdink – Hansel & Gretel: Witch’s Ride
Prokofiev – The Love for Three Oranges Suite, 2. Scene from Hades (Fata Morgana Playing Cards)
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite 5. The Fairy Garden
Prokofiev – Romeo & Juliet, Suite No. 2, Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights)
Prokofiev – Cinderella’s Waltz
Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King


Costume Contest

John Williams – Harry Potter Symphonic Suite (2012)


Tickets, starting at $8, are available for purchase through or by calling (801) 355-2787. Tickets increase $2 on the day of the performance.


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