Zombies ate my music

I, like much of the American population these days, have a strange and somewhat unhealthy obsession with zombies. If there is a zombie video game out there chances are I have played it. If a new zombie flick opens up that looks even remotely watchable I will fork over my $12 ticket price without batting an eye. You can keep your silly sparkling vampires, or your cheesy slasher flicks. I'll stick to ravenous hordes, post-apocalyptic drama, and clever zombie-killing tactics any day.   

It was while enjoying an episode of the TV series "The Walking Dead" when I heard this terrifying noise of scrambling strings interrupt the opening scene and segue into the theme song. It was the resulting chill that ran up and down my spine that made me realize there needs to be a zombie concert. From there the rest of the program almost wrote itself.

Strings and horror seem to go hand in hand. Maybe its the fact that the strings on violins back a couple of centuries ago were made of actual cat gut, or maybe its all the imagery associated with traveling devils and the state of Georgia. Regardless, few other instruments can create the suspense of thousands hungry undead thirsting for your insides as well a violin.

Thus we have arrived at the concept behind "Symphony in Z". I've taken a handful of terrifying classical pieces, referenced several popular zombie movies, tv shows, and video games to find the best music the genre has to offer, and combined them into a experience that lets people live the intensity, absurdity, terror, intrigue, and morbid hilarity of the zombie-horror genre through a musical concert. 

What will you hear? For starters I have my own arrangements of the themes from Walking Dead and 28 Days Later. Secondly, we have added in some legitimately frightening works of Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Bartok, and Schubert. And then we throw in multiple surprises from heavy metal to alternative rock that are sure to feed your thirst for brains. What is the end result of all this madness? I think the best way to answer that question would be to head over to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432196 and pick up your tickets for this one-of-a-kind concert experience.

So mark your calendars for October 25 and lumber your way over to C2G Music Hall in downtown Fort Wayne. A note to parents: if you are thinking of bringing the kids keep in mind this is a zombie-horror show so there may be some imagery with graphic content. Ages 12 and up should be fine.

Also, as we get closer to the show I will be unveiling a few of the extra surprises you will hear on the program so keep checking the site. Have a killer idea for a song we could add to the lineup? Well, I'd love to hear about it! Post in the comments below or submit your entry on the "contact us" page.





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