Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m. | Long Center

Carolyn Watson, guest conductor
Bernedette Nason, narrator
Long Center's Dell Hall

It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt the Long Center for the Performing Arts for the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert will have frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). This concert's main feature will be from the fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. Bernadette Nason will narrarate the story of Hansel and Gretel, a brother and sister abandoned in a forest, where they fall into the hands of a witch who lives in a house made of gingerbread, cake, and pastries. The witch intends to fatten the children before eventually eating them, but Gretel outwits the witch. The two children then escape with their lives and return home with the witch's treasure.

The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra!


  • RICHARD WAGNER: Die Walküre "Ride of the Valkyries"
  • ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Hansel and Gretel (with narrator)
  • CHARLES GOUNOD: Funeral March of a Marionette
  • EDVARD GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 "In the Hall of the Mountain King"
  • JOHN WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite for Orchestra

This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music. The hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one’s concert experience. 



As of 10.05.21: A negative test result is not required for children under 12 years old. However, all kids aged 2 and older must wear a mask when not eating or drinking inside the Long Center. Click here for total COVID-19 attendance protocols.

All attendees need a ticket. There are no lap passesConcert is at 3:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $10.00-$15.00
  • Phone: 512-476-6064 ext. 3

Presenter Details

  • Name: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and educational programming. Masterworks concerts include a series of eight concert pairs running monthly September through May in the state-of-the-art Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Our season also features the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series: October & February Pops at the Long Center and December & June Pops at Palmer Events Center. Programming for the entire family includes the Halloween Children’s Concert, and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the popular James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs, which include Children’s Day Art ParkYoung People’s ConcertsHigh School Concert Tour and a variety of other school programs.

Venue Details

  • Address: 701 W Riverside Drive
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78704