HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will bring two family-friendly concerts to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach just in time for Halloween: “Hogwarts Hullabaloo: The Magical Music of Harry Potter” and “Halloween Spooktacular.”

Hogwarts Hullabaloo will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, 7:30 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach.

Hogwarts Hullabaloo will feature music from the Harry Potter films, including “Hedwig’s Theme,” “Harry’s Wondrous World” and “Double Trouble” - written by award-winning composer John Williams. Attendees are invited to come dressed in costume and participate in Harry Potter film trivia.

This concert will be conducted by Chelsea Gallo, who is currently serving as the Assistant Conductor to The Florida Orchestra. For the 2022-23 season, she will also serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a Cover Conductor for the New York Philharmonic, and will be a regular Guest Conductor with the VSO and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets to Hogwarts Hullabaloo start at $25 and can be purchased in advance by calling 757.892.6366, visiting www.virginiasymphony.org or visiting the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 10 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.213.1431.

Halloween Spooktacular, the second concert in the VSO’s 2022-23 Peanut Butter & Jam Family Concert Series, will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, 3 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach.

Designed for ages 3-12, but perfect for all ages, the PB&J series presents a casual and engaging concert experience for young ones to gain exposure to the orchestra and the music of the day.

“At Halloween, we all like to dress up and be a different character, but what about those families and friends in stories and movies that are always in character?” said Staff Conductor Helen Martell, who will conduct this concert. “Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron will be our hosts to help explore characters and music from ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘The Addams Family’ and of course ‘Harry Potter!’ ”

Arrive at 2 p.m. to enjoy pre-concert activities put on by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Virginia Beach Public Library system, the Virginia Children’s Chorus, the Portsmouth Department of Museums and Tourism and WHRO! Kids and grown-ups – dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the VSO for a ghoulish afternoon of monstrous fun!

Tickets start at $12 for children and $17 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 757.892.6366, visiting www.virginiasymphony.org or visiting the Virginia Symphony Box Office at 150 Boush Street, Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday. Tickets can be purchased the day of the concert at the venue starting at 1:30 p.m. For group sales of 10 or more, call 757.213.1431.

This performance is supported in part by the Arts Alliance, the City of Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Funding also provided by Sentara Healthcare, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Regional Presenting Partner for our 2022-2023 season.

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