Open Classical presents Night of the Living Dead Composers at Klyde Warren Park

Dallas based musical arts organization, Open Classical will present a FREE Halloween Special, Night of the Living Dead Composers on the main stage pavilion in Klyde Warren Park on Saturday, October 26th, 6:30 – 9pm.
Photo by Charles Biel, Open Classical Director, Mark Landson
Photo by Charles Biel, Open Classical Director, Mark Landson
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DALLAS - Oct. 16, 2013 - PRLog -- Dallas based musical arts organization, Open Classical, known for producing highly entertaining and engaging performances with a welcoming spirit, will present a Halloween Special, Night of the Living Dead Composers on the main stage pavilion in Klyde Warren Park on Saturday, October 26th, 6:30 – 9pm.  This FREE classical music variety show combines instrumental and vocal classical music plus tap, modern and tango dance performances. Eric Neal’s Band of Puppets will also be featured in classical music comedy skits throughout the show for an evening of laughs, costumes, and a furry musical twist-of-fun for all ages.

“The creativity planned for this Halloween event is going to be tremendous fun! It’s a unique opportunity for fans of classical music to enjoy a broad variety of performances but it will also inspire and educate new audiences, as well.  Plus we hope to see a variety of creative costumes from the audience in the park, as well! Certainly something for everyone”, said Celia Barshop, VP of Business Affairs at Klyde Warren Park.

The Halloween show, Night of the Living Dead Composers is part of a fall series of events presented by Open Classical and powered by Cirro Energy in Klyde Warren Park, and includes the Holiday Tree Lighting event on November 23rd.

“These innovative, free music programs promise to educate and electrify the public,” said Jim Hayes, managing director for Cirro Energy. “The Open Classical events at Klyde Warren Park give the community an opportunity to connect with the rich culture that abounds in Dallas.  This classic Fall event is a great way to bring families of all ages and backgrounds together to enjoy the classics.”

The show features “Decomposing Beethoven” (played by Open Classical director Mark Landson) who will host the show and conduct the Open Classical “Porkestra” (yes…an orchestra dressed as pigs) in a variety of Halloween themes, like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, and This Is Halloween from “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Costumed productions will include a giant bumblebee playing Flight Of The Bumblebee, tap dancing skeletons and chilling songs by Franz Schubert.

The show also features pianist, Thiago Nascimento as “Decomposing Johannes Brahms” and several standout performers from The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, including competition winners Brittany Harrington (of the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet) and violinist Eleanor Dunbar. The Altius String Quartet featuring resident SMU graduate students were recently awarded a first prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and will be performing Death and the Maiden – a chamber music favorite by Franz Schubert.

Additional performances include dance groups Rhythmic Souls Tap and Evolution Tango plus standout vocal performers from the Dallas and Fort Worth Operas, Dallas Symphony Chorus, and other local performance organizations including Damon K. Clark, Travis McGuire, Lara Beth Bliss, Stephanie Lewey, plus conductors Eldred Marshall and Brad Cawyer.  For more information about the event, visit

About Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park is a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by the Office of James Burnett, creates an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in Downtown Dallas. The park includes a performance pavilion, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children's park, great lawn, water features, and an area for games providing year round activities to all citizens of Dallas. For more information on volunteering or donations, please visit or call 214-716-4500.

About Open Classical

With a comfortable and welcoming spirit, Open Classical produces music events that combine beautiful classical artistry with variety and just enough comedic bits for the enjoyment by audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Based in Dallas, TX, the organization is in it’s third year, producing well over 125 events.  A flourishing community of supporters, fans and performers has enabled the organization to fulfill its mission of putting classical music into the heart of everyday popular culture.
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