KAYSVILLE — Even classical music can get into the Halloween spirit.
The Davis Arts Council’s Free Chamber Music Series is celebrating the holiday with their upcoming “Music From the Dark Side” concert, set for Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle. According to Kathy Skidmore, one of the organizers of the concert series, “Music From the Dark Side” will focus on classical music’s more haunted side.
“The music’s kind of spooky, and people love that,” said Skidmore. “We have a wonderful venue, incredible performers and everything’s just a little bit on the dark side.”
Organizers will help get people into the mood with atmospheric touches, including well-placed candelabras on otherwise darkened stages.
“There won’t be costumes, but we’ll have a little bit of fun,” said Skidmore.
Soprano Shawna Gottfredson, the evening’s guest artist, will sing arias by Menotti, Carlisle Floyd and Mozart. Gottfredson has been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Salt Lake Chorale Artists and the Utah Chamber Artists.
String performers from the Wasatch Chamber Music Society will perform Brahms, while organist Kim Moody will perform a scherzo by Louis Vierne. Moody, an organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, also performed at last year’s concert.
“She was thrilled to be able to do it again,” said Skidmore. “Our area is just full of amazing talent. We’re really blessed.”
Pianist Kelsie Call will perform her own arrangement of the music from the Harry Potter movies.
“She’s a wonderful pianist,” said Skidmore. “And everyone loves Harry Potter.”
Casey Elliot will perform a musical number from “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Elliot, who regularly performs at Hale Centre Theatre, was part of the international tour of the Broadway musical “Aida.”
“It’s the song where Dr. Jekyll first transforms,” said Skidmore. “It’s perfect for Halloween.”
Though the arts council welcomes families to all of its events, Skidmore cautions parents that children under the age of four are probably not the best audience for a chamber music concert.
“It’s late for a toddler to have to sit still,” she said. “And we do really need people to be quiet.”
For those who do bring children, there’s a glassed-in area of the tabernacle’s balcony where people can take fussing babies and still watch the show.
“We do love for families to come together,” said Skidmore. “We don’t turn anyone away.”