Halloween Fare: Glacier Symphony’s “Nosferatu”

Orchestra performs soundtrack for creepy classic film about a blood-sucking vampire Oct. 27-28

On Stage

Glacier Symphony has a real treat for Halloween tricksters this month with “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror,” in Whitefish Oct. 27 and Kalispell Oct. 28. The terrifying 1922 classic silent movie is based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and set the bar for modern-day vampire myths.

"Nosferatu" Composer Rick Friend
“Nosferatu” composer Rick Friend joins the Glacier Symphony for a film that “gets under your skin.”

“It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it’s over,” says reviewer Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune.

Composer and pianist Rick Friend has written an original score for orchestra and piano that brings to life the spine-tingling tale of Orlok, a count from Transylvania who is believed to be a blood-sucking vampire. Directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck as Count Orlok, the tale is filled with scary premonitions, creepy coffins and a predictable ending, all expertly illustrated by the orchestra.

Maestro John Zoltek promises “Nosferatu” will be a frightening and memorable way to celebrate Halloween “and a rare opportunity to experience the creepiness of this early classic gothic horror film accompanied by full orchestra!”

The concert marks Rick Friend’s third appearance with the Glacier Symphony. He previously performed his compositions for two silent movies featuring Buster Keeton: “The General” and “The Mark of Zorro.” Of “Nosferatu,” Friend told the Spokesman Review, “It’s creepy in a very effective and very subtle way. It gets under your skin. I didn’t even get it the first time I saw it.”

The audience is invited to wear costumes and bring their phones to enter a ‘selfie’ costume contest for prizes. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Flathead High Performance Hall in Kalispell.

Tickets are available in a range of seating prices starting at $5 for youth through grade 12, $10 for college age and $27 and $37 for adults in two seating tiers. Purchase them online at www.glaciersymphony.org or call the box office, 406-407-7000, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.