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What Makes Music Sound Scary ? The music in a theater performance, television show, or movie often tells you that something scary might happen. But how? To create frightening music, composers might use: fast tempos (speeds) that can give a sense of alarm, wildness, or a chase.

high-pitched notes that can represent a wicked laugh or a whirling wind.

very slow tempos, often with low notes, that suggest someone or something might be sneaking up behind you.

different combinations of tones to create unpleasant or uncomfortable sounds.

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At today’s concert, conductor Emil de Cou will lead approximately 75 members of the National Symphony Orchestra in playing the music.

CUESHEET PERFORMANCE GUIDE

m ily Con cer t

The conductor is a person who leads the orchestra. Conductors generally use their right hand to tell the orchestra how fast to play and use their left hand to tell the musicians how loud or soft to play. Some use a slender white stick called a baton as they conduct. At the concert, watch how the conductor communicates with the musicians. And, be on the lookout for the musicians’ special Halloween costumes!

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A Good Audience…

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Stays seated.

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Stays quiet.

Watches and listens carefully.

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Claps at the end when the conductor turns around.

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there’s more!

The Haunted Hall Starting one hour before each concert, visit the Haunted Hall instrument “petting zoo” in the spookily-transformed Kennedy Center Atrium on the Roof Terrace Level. Enjoy trick-or-treating and Halloween merriment galore while getting up close with the spooktacular instruments played on stage (a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO).

Kids ’ Chat After the 4 p.m. performance, stick around to ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the musicians.

The Upcoming Family Concerts Please plan to join us at upcoming National Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts: November 24 –26, 2017— NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert February 18, 2018 — Let’s Remix the Classix! April 4, 2018 — NSO Pops: Black Violin April 29, 2018 — Bernstein! Inside the Music The NSO also presents full orchestra Young People’s Concerts for school groups in the Concert Hall each season during the school day for grades 3 through 6.

David M. Rubenstein Chairman Deborah F. Rutter President

Gary Ginstling Executive Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Mario R. Rossero Senior Vice President, Education

Gianandrea Noseda Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Macy’s; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education; and the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra. Funding for Access and Accommodation Programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts. The contents of this Cuesheet have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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elco haunte me, boys and d Center Concer t Hall girls , to the ! Today , we’ll of the Kenne lots of in dy m magica usical treat troduce you t l spe s abo o and mo lls, fantasti ut witches, Nation re — all perf cal creatures or , al Symp hony O med by the rchestr a ( N SO ) .

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David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.

© 2017 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presenting Sponsor of Performances for Young Audiences

WGL is the proud sponsor of the NSO Family Concerts


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omposers sometimes write spooky and scary music to go with plays, ballets, movies, poems, and even operas about supernatural (not real) creatures and events. And sometimes music “tells” a story all by itself. Read here about the stories that inspired the music and what to listen for in the performance. So, simply dust the cobwebs off your seat (just kidding) and warm up your imagination.

happy ting! n u a h

Boo!

You’ll hear 10 musical selections (two performed with movies) at today’s concert— read about six of them here.

T h em e f r o m t h e m o v i e Ja w s

b y J oh n W illi am s Bah-dum. Here co mes the biggest, mea and hungriest sh ark you’ll ever m nest , eet, from the movie Ja ws.

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“ Waltz” and “Midnig h t ” from Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107 by Sergei Prokofiev ( pronounced pro-KOFF- ee -ef )

i de ” “ W i t c h’s R Gretel

and er a H a n s el fr o m th e o p in ck r t H u m p er d b y E n g el b e ry of know the sto You probably l— now listen to rete Hansel and G s the part about the ll te how music broomstick, searching r e h witch riding side for lost children the country to her cottage. to tempt in

the: Listen for lodies

e and violin m • playful flute e witch’s delight signaling th flight. in her ng s notes hinti s ra b w lo y, v • hea itch’s plans. of the evil w

You’re late! Those words can be awfully scary as the music tells this part of Cinderella’s story. One moment, she’s dancing at the ball. The next, she’s running desperately for her carriage as the clock strikes midnight. That’s when the magic spell will end and turn her beautiful ball clothes back to rags. Can you picture her running so fast that she loses her slipper?

Listen for the: • sweeping string notes suggesting people dancing. • sound of a ticking clock and the clock’s 12 strokes of midnight (percussion instruments). • tinkling sound suggesting the end of the magic spell.

Fr a n c e s c a d a Rimini

b y P yo tr I ly ic h Tc ha ik o v sky (c he y e -K OF F- skee ) w it h film clip fr o m th e 19 2 5 silen t fi lm , T h e P h a n to m o f th e O pera Picture this: A m cape haunts an asked man in a black op a beautiful sing era house in the hope er will marry hi do anything to m. He’ll get his way in the scary movie, The Pha ntom of the Ope ra, was made befo re movies had which sound.

L is t e n f o r :

• how the orch estr the story and m a’s music helps tell ake it even scar ier. • the rising, fa lling, and swirlin g sounds that m ean danger. • the cymbal cr ashe hint at scary su s that rprises.

la y s t h e P a b u Y n e “ Wh i s Tu b a R u mb a o n H a ” b Down in Cu

H u p feld b y H er m a n e o n tu b a h en D u m a in p te S g in r c als ) (f e a tu Regni on vo a n d M a r is sa n to break and liste low, le g ig g a ke Ta plays , which often how the tuba can also be funny. scary sounds, ng tells of a man ld so This playful o playing his tuba. e fa who finds m

the: Listen for und.

ah oom-pah so • tuba’s oom-p a copies the • way the tub singing. sounds of the tuba. like Yuba and s, rd o w g in • rhym

L is te n fo r t h e :

T he S or c e A p p r e r e r ’s n t ic e by P a ul D uk

a s (d wi t h oo f il m c l i p fr - KA H ) 1 94 0 o m t he movi e Fa n A you t a n si a g (some one le sorcerer ’s appre arnin to ma house ke a broom g a skill) ca ntice the br . It works, e carry wate sts a spell o x r (a wiz om stop! O cept—he c into the nly wh ard) a a en the n’t make This m rrives is so t h u retelli sic inspire e spell rev rcerer n erse d g th w you w ill see ith Mickey e animated d. M from t he mo ouse who vie Fa Liste ntasia . n for • cras t hing w h e: aves— • app l o u r d cym stopp entice’s re bals. ed an l i e f t h d the the m a t t he fl si u (this h sic gets re lence right ood ally fa appen afte the ap s twice; st and lou r th d prenti ce is w e first time rong! ).

• first deep tone s play and the bah-dum ed by bassoons bah-dum (from string bass pattern es). • pulses getting faster and suggesting a chas louder e. • the bone rattlin g sound at the en d.


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omposers sometimes write spooky and scary music to go with plays, ballets, movies, poems, and even operas about supernatural (not real) creatures and events. And sometimes music “tells” a story all by itself. Read here about the stories that inspired the music and what to listen for in the performance. So, simply dust the cobwebs off your seat (just kidding) and warm up your imagination.

happy ting! n u a h

Boo!

You’ll hear 10 musical selections (two performed with movies) at today’s concert— read about six of them here.

T h em e f r o m t h e m o v i e Ja w s

b y J oh n W illi am s Bah-dum. Here co mes the biggest, mea and hungriest sh ark you’ll ever m nest , eet, from the movie Ja ws.

.

“ Waltz” and “Midnig h t ” from Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107 by Sergei Prokofiev ( pronounced pro-KOFF- ee -ef )

i de ” “ W i t c h’s R Gretel

and er a H a n s el fr o m th e o p in ck r t H u m p er d b y E n g el b e ry of know the sto You probably l— now listen to rete Hansel and G s the part about the ll te how music broomstick, searching r e h witch riding side for lost children the country to her cottage. to tempt in

the: Listen for lodies

e and violin m • playful flute e witch’s delight signaling th flight. in her ng s notes hinti s ra b w lo y, v • hea itch’s plans. of the evil w

You’re late! Those words can be awfully scary as the music tells this part of Cinderella’s story. One moment, she’s dancing at the ball. The next, she’s running desperately for her carriage as the clock strikes midnight. That’s when the magic spell will end and turn her beautiful ball clothes back to rags. Can you picture her running so fast that she loses her slipper?

Listen for the: • sweeping string notes suggesting people dancing. • sound of a ticking clock and the clock’s 12 strokes of midnight (percussion instruments). • tinkling sound suggesting the end of the magic spell.

Fr a n c e s c a d a Rimini

b y P yo tr I ly ic h Tc ha ik o v sky (c he y e -K OF F- skee ) w it h film clip fr o m th e 19 2 5 silen t fi lm , T h e P h a n to m o f th e O pera Picture this: A m cape haunts an asked man in a black op a beautiful sing era house in the hope er will marry hi do anything to m. He’ll get his way in the scary movie, The Pha ntom of the Ope ra, was made befo re movies had which sound.

L is t e n f o r :

• how the orch estr the story and m a’s music helps tell ake it even scar ier. • the rising, fa lling, and swirlin g sounds that m ean danger. • the cymbal cr ashe hint at scary su s that rprises.

la y s t h e P a b u Y n e “ Wh i s Tu b a R u mb a o n H a ” b Down in Cu

H u p feld b y H er m a n e o n tu b a h en D u m a in p te S g in r c als ) (f e a tu Regni on vo a n d M a r is sa n to break and liste low, le g ig g a ke Ta plays , which often how the tuba can also be funny. scary sounds, ng tells of a man ld so This playful o playing his tuba. e fa who finds m

the: Listen for und.

ah oom-pah so • tuba’s oom-p a copies the • way the tub singing. sounds of the tuba. like Yuba and s, rd o w g in • rhym

L is te n fo r t h e :

T he S or c e A p p r e r e r ’s n t ic e by P a ul D uk

a s (d wi t h oo f il m c l i p fr - KA H ) 1 94 0 o m t he movi e Fa n A you t a n si a g (some one le sorcerer ’s appre arnin to ma house ke a broom g a skill) ca ntice the br . It works, e carry wate sts a spell o x r (a wiz om stop! O cept—he c into the nly wh ard) a a en the n’t make This m rrives is so t h u retelli sic inspire e spell rev rcerer n erse d g th w you w ill see ith Mickey e animated d. M from t he mo ouse who vie Fa Liste ntasia . n for • cras t hing w h e: aves— • app l o u r d cym stopp entice’s re bals. ed an l i e f t h d the the m a t t he fl si u (this h sic gets re lence right ood ally fa appen afte the ap s twice; st and lou r th d prenti ce is w e first time rong! ).

• first deep tone s play and the bah-dum ed by bassoons bah-dum (from string bass pattern es). • pulses getting faster and suggesting a chas louder e. • the bone rattlin g sound at the en d.


What Makes Music Sound Scary ? The music in a theater performance, television show, or movie often tells you that something scary might happen. But how? To create frightening music, composers might use: fast tempos (speeds) that can give a sense of alarm, wildness, or a chase.

high-pitched notes that can represent a wicked laugh or a whirling wind.

very slow tempos, often with low notes, that suggest someone or something might be sneaking up behind you.

different combinations of tones to create unpleasant or uncomfortable sounds.

NS O Fa

At today’s concert, conductor Emil de Cou will lead approximately 75 members of the National Symphony Orchestra in playing the music.

CUESHEET PERFORMANCE GUIDE

m ily Con cer t

The conductor is a person who leads the orchestra. Conductors generally use their right hand to tell the orchestra how fast to play and use their left hand to tell the musicians how loud or soft to play. Some use a slender white stick called a baton as they conduct. At the concert, watch how the conductor communicates with the musicians. And, be on the lookout for the musicians’ special Halloween costumes!

er

tH

al

l

A Good Audience…

Many Musicians Led by One Conduc tor

Stays seated.

wait!

Stays quiet.

Watches and listens carefully.

Pr ese

Claps at the end when the conductor turns around.

nted

in t he Kennedy Ce

nte

o rC

nc

there’s more!

The Haunted Hall Starting one hour before each concert, visit the Haunted Hall instrument “petting zoo” in the spookily-transformed Kennedy Center Atrium on the Roof Terrace Level. Enjoy trick-or-treating and Halloween merriment galore while getting up close with the spooktacular instruments played on stage (a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO).

Kids ’ Chat After the 4 p.m. performance, stick around to ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the musicians.

The Upcoming Family Concerts Please plan to join us at upcoming National Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts: November 24 –26, 2017— NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert February 18, 2018 — Let’s Remix the Classix! April 4, 2018 — NSO Pops: Black Violin April 29, 2018 — Bernstein! Inside the Music The NSO also presents full orchestra Young People’s Concerts for school groups in the Concert Hall each season during the school day for grades 3 through 6.

David M. Rubenstein Chairman Deborah F. Rutter President

Gary Ginstling Executive Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Mario R. Rossero Senior Vice President, Education

Gianandrea Noseda Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Macy’s; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education; and the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra. Funding for Access and Accommodation Programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts. The contents of this Cuesheet have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

W

elco haunte me, boys and d Center Concer t Hall girls , to the ! Today , we’ll of the Kenne lots of in dy m magica usical treat troduce you t l spe s abo o and mo lls, fantasti ut witches, Nation re — all perf cal creatures or , al Symp hony O med by the rchestr a ( N SO ) .

U D E CO

EMOINL DUCTOR C

David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.

© 2017 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Presenting Sponsor of Performances for Young Audiences

WGL is the proud sponsor of the NSO Family Concerts

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