Wednesday, October 25, 2023 @ 10:00am – 11:30am (EDT)
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD, United States
Camille Saint-SaënsDanse macabre, Op. 40
Edvard Grieg — Selected works
Franz Liszt — Selected works
John Williams — Selected works

What makes music scary? Is it loud noises, screechy sounds, or the "tap-tap-tap" of skeleton footsteps? Join the BSO and award winning children's author Anna Celenza for an afternoon of thrilling classics featuring witches, trolls, wizards, and monsters, including works by Camille Saint-Saens, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, and John Williams. The concert will conclude with a musical setting of Celenza's Danse macabre read by the author.

Performances Oct. 25 and 26 at 10am and 11:30am.

About Anna Celenza, author

Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University and the author/editor of several scholarly books, including The Cambridge Compnaion to Gershwin (2019), Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (2017), Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (2014) and Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005). Her work has also appeared in The Hopkins Review, Musical Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Music, Notes, The Cambridge Companion to Liszt (2005), and Franz Liszt and His World (2006) and The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington (2014) . In addition to her scholarly work, she has authored a series of award-winning children's books with Charlesbridge Publishing: The Farewell Symphony (2000), Pictures at an Exhibition (2003), The Heroic Symphony (2004), Bach's Goldberg Variations (2005), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (2006), Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite (2011), Vivaldi's Four Seasons (2012), Saint-Saëns's Danse macabre (2013) and a 14-part syndicated series on Louis Armstrong for the NC Press Foundation. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including NPR's "Todd Mundt Show", BBC's "Music Matters" and "Proms Broadcasts", and C-Span's "Book-TV". Before coming to Georgetown she served as a writer and guest commentator for Michigan Public Radio and NPR's "Performance Today.