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Chilling Classical Music for Halloween at the National Cathedral

What better place for a Halloween matinee concert than amid the neo-gothic splendor of the Washington National Cathedral?

On Sunday, October 31, at 4 p.m. — All Hallows Eve! — ” the spiritual home for the nation” will be the scene of a concert of creepy classical classics called “A Concert for Halloween.” (The early start time is brilliant; still time to take the kids door-to-door, if that’s your thing.)

Spooky selections include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “terrifying” Toccata and Fugue in D minor (heard in movies from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Rollerball”), Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas Act II: The Cave (including the evil screaming sorceress), and famed black composer Eugene W. Hancock’s intense musical interpretation of The Wrath of God.

In all, eight international works by composers ranging from Arvo Part (Nunc Dimitis) to Eriks Ensenvalds (In Felix Ego) will be performed by Cathedral organist, Tom Sheehan, and the instrumental and vocal ensemble of Cathedra, co-directed by Michael McCarthy and Daniel Lee.

In-person tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online. The concert will also be available online! Tickets for the online viewing are now available.

The Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

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