Muncie Symphony Orchestra to present historic vampire movie with live accompaniment, benefitting Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Muncie, IN– The Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors,” featuring renowned composer and conductor Kermit Poling, as part of Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ “Historically Haunted October Series.”

“Nosferatu” is a 1922 silent, black-and-white film that closely mirrors Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” but character names were changed for copyright reasons. The Muncie Symphony showing of “Nosferatu” will take place Halloween week in Cornerstone’s E. B. Ball Auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28.

Tickets are available online at Discounted tickets are $10 before Sept. 30, $15 until Oct. 26, and $20 at the door. Tickets may also be purchased at Cornerstone’s second-floor reception desk. Proceeds benefit Cornerstone, the symphony’s new downtown home since June 2021.

The show is recommended for ages 13 and up, and movie-goers must wear masks while at Cornerstone.

The silent film accompaniment is a unique partnership between Muncie Symphony Executive Director Scott Watkins and Poling. Watkins contracted Poling to compose the “Nosferatu” score to match the silent movie, as the original score had been lost. Poling has a distinguished career, having served as associate conductor of the Marshall Symphony in Shreveport, Louisiana, and music director of the South Arkansas Symphony. He is currently general manager of the “Red River Radio Network” PBS station.

Watkins recently joined the Muncie Symphony after serving as executive director of Orchestra Kentucky. He was also in a leadership position with the South Arkansas Symphony, where Watkins and Poling began the “Nosferatu” collaboration.


About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

For more than 71 years, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has entertained, educated, and enriched the quality of life in East Central Indiana through meaningful and professional musical experiences. The Muncie Symphony is composed of professional and community musicians hailing from Muncie’s Ball State University, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati and rural East Central Indiana. To learn more, visit

About Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Cornerstone Center for the Arts offers opportunities for creative expression for all through community and rental spaces in a historic setting. Thousands of area residents attend public presentations, private wedding and rental events, in addition to offering classes in art, dance and music. Cornerstone is truly a center for the arts serving as home to not only the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, but also The Masterworks Chorale, the East Central Chamber Orchestra, and America’s Hometown Band. For additional information go to or call 765-281-9503.