Hear ‘Godzilla eats Las Vegas’ and other spooky music Oct. 24 and 31
"Godzilla eats Las Vegas" is not a new monster movie. It is a piece of band music that will be accompanied by a monster video during the "Monsters & Mayhem" concert scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 by the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band.
The free, family-friendly Halloween concerts will be at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Though free, you need to pick up tickets at Paddington Station in downtown Ashland ... and wear a costume to the show.
With no Halloween children's parade in downtown Ashland this year, it's great that brand new RVSB Artistic Director Christine Lundahl put together a Halloween afternoon show filled with spooky music. The show will be fun for all ages. Did I mention that costumes are encouraged?
Godzilla is not the only musical monster in the show. Dr. Frankenstein's monster will make a (musical) appearance as well. Mary Shelley published her novel “Frankenstein” 203 years ago, and it still grips us today. One musical piece in the show imagines what would happen if Shelley were to meet the Frankenstein monster in person. I think the imagined encounter will surprise you.
Conductor Christi is new to the Rogue Valley this year, after receiving her doctorate of music arts at the University of Michigan. She has experience conducting middle school, high school, university and community bands. In addition to conducting RVSB, she is the new director of bands — and a music professor — at Southern Oregon University.
If you have been to Ashland City Band summer concerts at Lithia Park, you may recognize many members of the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band. According to the RVSB website, "At the close of the final [Ashland City Band] concert of 1987, clarinetist Pat Collins said to Frank Brugman, 'It's too bad we don't have a band to play in the rest of the year.'" A group of musicians acted on that desire, and RVSB has been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since its first shows in 1988.
Important notes for those who will attend one of the two concerts: Attendees older than 12 must show proof of vaccination; all attendees 2 years and older must be masked.
The concert is free, but donations to the band will be accepted; and, oh, I think I mentioned that wearing costumes is encouraged. Bring the kids and have family fun.