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Halloween Organ Recital Will Bring Eerie Aura to West Hartford Center

"The Phantom of the First Church Crypt" (aka Music Director James Boratko) rehearses for the Oct. 27th Halloween Recital at First Church, West Hartford. Photo by Amy Melvin

A ‘1910 ghost’ was seen at an after-dark rehearsal at First Church, West Hartford in preparation for the Oct. 30, 2015 Halloween Organ Recital.

By Joy Taylor

"The Phantom of the First Church Crypt" (aka Music Director James Boratko) rehearses for the Oct. 30th Halloween Recital at First Church, West Hartford. Photo by Amy Melvin

“The Phantom of the First Church Crypt” (aka Music Director James Boratko) rehearses for the Oct. 30th Halloween Recital at First Church, West Hartford. Photo by Amy Melvin

A night of spine-tingling music appropriate for the season will be played by the so-called “Phantom of the First Church Crypt” (aka Music Director James Boratko) at a concert on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the 12 South Main St. church. Excerpts from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will be featured to welcome the beginning of Halloween weekend.

Included in the evening’s concert will be plenty of other costumed guests, as well as the silent film, “Frankenstein,” which is a liberal adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous story from 1910 made by the Edison Production company, with improvised accompaniment on First Church’s mighty Austin organ.

A suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door. Free parking is available behind the church (enter the parking lot from Farmington Avenue). Visit whfirstchurch.org for more information.

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