Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s next Masterworks concert — titled In the Key of EEEEEEEE! — begins with two Halloween-appropriate songs. Based on a poem by Henri Cazalis, Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Dance of Death” uses the xylophone to invoke the rattle of skeleton bones, which clamber along as the character Death plays a de-tuned violin. And Florent Schmitt’s “La Tragédie de Salomé” sets “a wildly lush score to one of the Bible’s most tragic stories: Salome’s insistence on the beheading of John the Baptist,” reads a press release. An upswing in mood will come when ASO concertmaster and violinist Jason Posnock, pictured right, and cellist Alistair MacRae, left, close the night with Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello. Conducted by Daniel Meyer, the performance takes place at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. $22-$62 (youth/student discounts available). ashevillesymphony.org. Photos courtesy of the musicians
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