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“Holy smokes! There’s a ‘cooler’ show in town!”

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Have you ever been serenaded by Waldo, a bumblebee, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and a blue alien? No? Well I have—and let me tell you—you missed out.


On Halloween, the Kingston Symphony put on quite a show at the Grand Theatre. The symphony played works by some of the usual suspects in classical music: Prokofiev, Strauss Jr. and Bartok.


Strings are the ultimate in creepy-sounding instruments, and thanks to a strong strings section I definitely felt spooked.


At one point during the performance, images of classic Halloween candies were projected on a screen above the stage and the audience was encouraged to cheer for their favourites (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups clearly won the battle). The crowd booed for the less popular candies—you know, the ones you try and pawn off to your younger siblings during post collection deals (candy corn, I am looking at you). I suggest we ignore the questionable morals of our childhood and chalk it up to our crafty persuasive abilities.


As the evening progressed, things became experimental with some admittedly ‘meh’ opera and—wait for it—a piece called “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas”. Yes, I kid you not—and that is exactly what it sounded like. This masterpiece, which sounded like an epic movie soundtrack, was written back in the day by Eric Whitacre as an assignment for his undergraduate degree in music.


The conductor explained to the audience that the Kingston Symphony was only the second orchestra to ever perform Whitacre’s brilliant creation for a live audience, and the first to do so in Canada. It was a privilege to be at its Canadian premier. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra should follow the Kingston Symphony’s lead.


In addition to attending a great show, the Cooler gave me an opportunity to check out a fun Kingston event with my peers.


And anyways, what better way to sound cultured on a Tinder date than to say you just attended the symphony? This is a game-changer.


The moral of the story: I got spooked and I liked it.


Diana Holloway is a contributor to Juris Diction. She is in 2L.

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