The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen performs a collection of frightening favorites during EEK! at The Greek, a celebration of Halloween-inspired music and The Greek Theatre's 80th anniversary. Classically trained musicians crescendo through a spooky catalog of songs, including the themes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein also leads the musicians through a debut of his own ghoulish composition accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Other horrific highlights include "Danse Macabre" and Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain," a composition notorious for haunting the dreams of Rogaine salesmen across the globe.
One of California’s largest and most renowned venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its stellar reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by corralling sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage, granting visitors easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system, meanwhile, allows event goers to rock out to dynamic tunes or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.
For an organization going on 100 years old, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is distinctly unstodgy. The orchestra performs concerts that tunefully blend classical works with new pieces, and continually seeks new ways to engage audiences. Many evenings, for instance, are preceded by an Upbeat Live talk, covering the program's historical and cultural context and opening the floor for Q&As with guest artists. A thriving youth orchestra program, YOLA, shares the joys of classical music with a fresher-faced generation. And the Green Umbrella program invites guests to hear world-premiere compositions. That novel approach to listener engagement seems to have caught on—every year, the Los Angeles Philharmonic shares music with more than two million ears, or three million if you count that secret ear everyone has but no one talks about.