Event preview: Danny Elfman's music at the DSO Fri., Oct. 30 and Sat., Oct. 31


This is the definition of serious fun: Danny Elfman's musical scores for Tim Burton films, as performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this Fri., Oct. 30 and Sat., Oct. 31 at the Fisher Center on Woodward.

A sold-out smash two seasons ago, Danny Elfman’s spine tingling scores for films of Tim Burton return to Orchestra Hall just in time for Halloween! Hear Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Sleepy Hollow
Mars Attacks!
Big Fish
Batman/Batman Returns


Planet of the Apes
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Dark Shadows
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Instrumental
Edward Scissorhands 

ENCORE: Alice in Wonderland
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) celebrates Halloween Weekend with the two-night return of Danny Elfman’s Music From the films of Tim Burton. Conducted by multi-talented Ted Sperling, the program will include hair-raising scores from Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Dark Shadows. The Adrian College Concert Choir joins the DSO along with local boy soprano Bryce Yung who will lend his voice to the scores of Frankweenie, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. The concerts will take place Fri., October 30 at 8 p.m. and Sat., October 31 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The first 50 attendees dressed in their best Halloween or Tim Burton movie-related costumes will get free candy at both the Friday and Saturday performances.

About Ted Sperling

Ted Sperling has maintained a successful career in the theater and concert worlds for over 30 years.

Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of “The Light in the Piazza,” for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/ pianist include the Tony Award-winning revivals of “The King and I,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Full Monty” and “Les Misérables.”

Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of five musicals including “Red Eye of Love” and “The Other Josh Cohen.” He has conducted the scores for the films The “Manchurian Candidate” and “Everything Is Illuminated” and directed the short film, “Love Mom.”

Sperling has an active concert career, working with many major symphony orchestras, and singers including Patti LuPone and Idina Menzel. He has conducted multiple concerts with the New York Philharmonic, for “Live at Lincoln Center.”

About Bryce Yung

Bryce Yung is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade. Yung has been singing in the Boychoir of Ann Arbor since the 3rd grade; he has had numerous solos with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor and was named a team captain this year. Yung started playing violin when he was three years old, and has been a member of Detroit Symphony Youth Ensembles for the last two years. He has earned a co-concert master position in the Concert Orchestra this year. In addition to singing and violin, Yung also plays piano, clarinet and erhu. Yung enjoys music and swimming.

Tickets to Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

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