Get in the Halloween spirit with the party that’s too cute to spook! Dress up in your most creative costumes and join the Virginia Discovery Museum for an evening of frighteningly fun carnival games, special guest exhibitors from our community, and crafts. Meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists in their laboratory as they conduct electrifying experiments, create a haunting harmony in Charlottesville Symphony’s Spooky Sounds instrument petting zoo, decorate devilishly delectable cookies from Baggby's, concoct kooky potions with the happy ol’ hag who lives in the Showalter Cabin, tumble through the Spider-Web Tangle rope maze, and more. Don’t forget to stop by the Little Shop of Prizes before you leave to trade in all the tickets you’ve earned!
$10 per person (adults and children); tickets are required and registering beforehand is strongly recommended
The Symphony is proud to partner with the Virginia Discovery Museum on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall for two programs per year entitled Meet the Symphony Musician. On each program, orchestra members demonstrate a featured instrument and accompany a guest reader of a children’s book. Afterwards, musicians hold a petting zoo of instruments from the featured instrument’s family. Instrument families rotate on an every other year basis – strings and woodwinds one year, brass and percussion the following.
These programs are free with the purchase of a Virginia Discovery Museum admission ticket.
February 4, 2017
Percussion instruments with Principal Percussion I-Jen Fang.
January 14, 2017
Brass instruments and the story Ben's Trumpet with Principal Trumpet Rachel Duncan.
October 28, 2016
SpooOOooky Sounds instrument petting zoo at Boo Bash with Principal Trombone Nathaniel Lee and violist Megan Gray.
February 13, 2016
Woodwind instruments and the story Ralph's Secret Weapon with Principal Bassoon Elizabeth Roberts.
January 13, 2016
String instruments and the story Giraffes Can't Dance with Concertmaster Daniel Sender.
February 7, 2015
Percussion instruments and the story I Got the Rhythm with Principal Percussionist I-Jen Fang.
January 10, 2015
Brass instruments and the story Little Melba and her Big Trombone with Principal Trombone Nathaniel Lee.
May 3, 2014
Woodwind instruments with Principal Flute Kelly Sulick.
April 19, 2014
Brass instruments and the story Ellison the Elephant with former Principal Horn Maria Serkin.
February 8, 2014
String instruments with Principal Cello Adam Carter.