Registration Advisory: This program has multiple ticket options depending on your choice to attend in person at the S. Dillon Ripley Center or as an online program using Zoom. Before you register, please refer to our in-person vs. online program procedural documentation to learn about our current terms and conditions.
Course + Concert Package Option: Enhance your exploration of supernatural classics by purchasing this live Halloween-themed concert with a musical course from October 13 to 27 with Rachel Franklin that ventures into the realms of supernaturally inspired classical compositions and their creators.
Just in time for Halloween, enjoy a thrills- and chills-packed lecture-recital from the chamber music ensemble SONOS. With award-winning musicians led by pianist Rachel Franklin and featuring violinist Christian Tremblay and fretless bass player Jonathan Miles Brown, the ensemble’s programs explore the cross-pollination between musical art forms, with compelling stories of how these cultures intersect. Musical selections are woven together in a uniquely intimate style by absorbing commentary and storytelling, plus illustrative visuals.
In their Smithsonian debut program, the players explore what constitutes “scary” music, trace the haunting influence of literary and historic sources on the Gothic, and take a playful look at the eternal fascination musicians have for the supernatural.
Works include Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill,” De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo,” and a spine-tingling arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre,” as well as some devilishly delicious jazz and folk selections.
For In-Person attendees: Light refreshments will be served following the concert.
Registration for this program will end by 4 p.m. ET on Friday, October 28.