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School of shock! F’Greene music teachers host musical haunted house

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They are raising the dead — and the roof!

A horde of zombie musicians will be on hand to show off their chops on Oct. 26, when the Brooklyn Music School in Fort Greene turns its century-old schoolhouse building into a musical haunted house.

“We wanted to do something that was not a traditional open house, and because of the architecture of the building, people always joke that it is haunted,” said Piruz Partow, the school’s artistic executive director. “The combination of those things made me think of a way to show off the school in a fun and zesty way.”

This is the second year in a row that the school — which caters to both kids and adults — will undergo a spooky musical makeover for Halloween. Petrifying performers will include several of the school’s instructors and a handful of older students.

The event is not just entertainment, but also a chance to show off what happens at the music and performing arts institution, said an organizer.

“We sat down with the faculty and came up with the funniest things we could think of.” said Ross Noyes, the school’s operations manager.

Characters in the haunted house will include the Headless Chordsmen, ZomBeethoven, Hellvis, and a jazz band made up of Civil War-era musicians. But not every spooky suggestion made the final cut.

“We threw around an idea about a haunted guitar solo, it did not sound like all that much fun,” said Noyes.

Visitors will tour the building and find a different adventure in each room. Partow is calling them “schticks or treats.”

The school offers performance and music education to people ranging in ages from four years old to adults.

Musical Haunted House at the Brooklyn Music School [126 Saint Felix St. between Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place in Fort Greene, (718) 638–5660, www.brooklynmusicschool.org]. $5. Oct. 26 at 2–4 pm.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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