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Classical Pick of the Week: Spooky Scary

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Check out our two-part interview with Yuja Wang and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic, and then check them out on Tuesday! Zubin Mehta conducts Schubert's Symphony No. 3, Brahms Symphony No. 1, and pianist Yuja Wang will join for Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Classical music has made a contribution in some of the most iconic horror films, from the violins in Psycho to Wendy Carlos' work on the Shining. We're sure you'll get more spooks out of these shows than you will at a party where everyone is dressed as Honey Boo Boo, a binder full of women, or a sexy ________ (hamburger? Big bird?)

For the Disney Hall's annual Halloween Silent Film, this year's selection is the Cat and the Canary. As always, Clark Wilson will improvise a soundtrack on the Disney Hall Organ, and attendees always dress up (in costumes or suits). A family-friendly/budget alternative might be at the Westminster Pasadena organ concert, where they will play classic Halloween tunes (plus it's free). Starts at 6 PM. For opera buffs, the Vineyard Touring Opera is putting on a production of Puccini's one-act comedy, "Gianni Schicchi," (yes the guy from Dante's Inferno) sung in English with orchestra. There is also a "humorous lecture" (their words, not mine) following the performance. You can get tickets here for $5-$10.