Feel the Chill of Elemental Fright brought to life by the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Barbara Schubert in its 13th annual Halloween concert. The program will include Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Beethovens Storm from Symphony No. 6 in F, Wagners Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre, Liszts Prometheus and Strauss Thunder and Lightning Polka. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes. Children under 12 are encouraged to attend but must be accompanied by an adult. The concerts will take place at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8069.Donations requested: $6 general, $4 students and children.
Court Theatre continues its 2000-01 season with the world premiere of In the Penal Colony, a new opera by renowned composer Philip Glass, based on the original story by Franz Kafka, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis. In the Penal Colony runs from Wednesday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 10 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Previews are Wednesday, Nov. 1-Friday, Nov. 10: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Press opening is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Regular performances run through Sunday, Dec. 10: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $24 to $38. $9 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the show. For tickets and information call 753-4472.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Film Studies Center present Tod Brownings The Unknown, a 1927 silent film with live organ accompaniment, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. This film stars Lon Chaney as Alonzo, an armless knife-thrower who falls in love with another performer in a gypsy circus, Nanon (Joan Crawford). The Unknown, with its suspenseful plot of love unrequited, ironic plot twists and murderous turns will follow an early hand-painted French film short, The Red Spectre. Guest organist Jay Warren of the Pickwick Theatre will set the mood of the film with the chapels E.M. Skinner organ. Tickets are $10 general, $7 students and seniors with identification, and are available at the door or in advance by calling 702-7300.
The 21st annual Humanities Open House presents a free, daylong exploration of contemporary scholarship in the humanities. This years program will feature more than 45 presentations by faculty in art history, music, English, linguistics and other departments in the Humanities Division. Norma Field and Keyeong-Hee Choi, Professors in East Asian Languages & Civilizations, will present a series of drawings and paintings, including the image at left, by Korean comfort women, who served as military sex slaves to the Japanese armed forces in World War II. In addition, there will be performances and gallery tours on campus throughout the day. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration is required for most events and opens at 8:30 a.m. at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Events will take place throughout the campus. 702-4847.