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A concert is being planned; arrangements are made, but other voices are trying to get through, and both writer and musicians are gripped by forces beyond their control… The celebrated American horror writer Peter Straub has been terrifying his legions of readers throughout the world for more than thirty years. For this unique dramatic collaboration, Straub has worked with Aurora Orchestra and its principal conductor, Nicholas Collon, to create an original, spine-tingling tapestry of narrative and music, directed by Tim Hopkins. With Catherine Hopper (mezzo-soprano) and Rex Lawson on pianola. (Peter Straub's original text weaves together an eclectic musical programme including hauntingly beautiful works by Bach, Saint-Saëns and Sibelius, the fearsome virtuosity of Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano; Dukas' iconic 'Sorcerers' Apprentice', and the explosive, unsettling power of Elena Kats-Chernin's 'Cadences, Deviations and Scarlatti'.