I have always loved classical music. In fact, one of the first things Robin and I did when we started dating was to visit Chicago to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess, which was an four movement symphony and orchestral rendition of the beautiful compositions from the Legend of Zelda franchise (we’re both huge nerds, and we met at Comic Con!). Since then, we’ve seen all manner of orchestra and classical performances, from an event where they played the new Star Trek movies above a live orchestra that supplied the stirring movie score, to making it a point to enjoy local orchestras when we travel, we love seeing performances like these. When I heard that there would be a unique, entirely candlelit quartet performing spooky pieces of classical music in Detroit, I immediately purchased tickets. Called Candlelight Concerts by Fever, these concerts are happening all over the world in places like London, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Chicago, Naples, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and beyond, with different themes from spooky halloween lineups to elegant wintery pieces.
Since this venue does not allow “professional” cameras inside, I had to use my phone to take images of the concert, so I apologize for the poor quality. All images in this post were taken with a cell phone, and not my usual camera.
We sat in Zone A, which meant that we had front row seats to an incredible performance. Tickets were sold in groups, which meant that there were small islands of chairs scattered around the performance stage, and that seating was very limited. There were perhaps only 20 people in the entire ballroom. Surrounding the raised platform stage were around 300 candles of varying heights and sizes, adding a romantic touch and a flickering light to the Crystal Ballroom inside the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit. Some performances occur in gardens or other outdoor venues depending upon the weather, but going forward all performances in Michigan will take place indoors because of the cold weather.
Once the performance began, the lights were dimmed and the quartet played for 65 minutes. Some of the pieces they performed included Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Pirates of the Carribean Theme, Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain, Beethoven Moonlight Sonata 1st movement, Brahms Hungarian Dance no. 1, Chopin’s Funeral March, and several others.
It was the perfect, spooky way to celebrate the end of fall and the coming of winter just before Halloween in one of Michigan’s creepiest buildings. For only $50 per ticket, we thought it was well worth the price to enjoy such an intimate performance by such talented musicians. If you have the opportunity to enjoy one of these performances for yourself, I wholeheartedly recommend it, it is a spectacular spectacle.
To find a Candlelight performance near you, visit their website, here. In the top left corner next to the “Fever” logo, you’ll be able to select your desired city to view upcoming events. If you see a performance you’re interested in attending, don’t wait, as they sell out very quickly.