Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ orchestral bash

Tim Burton’s film is a classic.

Update: The concert is sold out. Congratulations to Michael Parola and Brandon Baker, who each won a pair of tickets through The Munro Review.

You can win a pair of tickets to the Fresno Philharmonic’s next pops concert, which features the orchestra performing Danny Elfman’s score to “Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas” as the movie is screened (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Saroyan Theatre.) Remember Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King? He’s even more impressive with live music. This is a very popular concert that is close to being sold out, so consider this a prime giveaway.

The contest is open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. Tax-deductible memberships start at $5 a month, and you can make a one-time donation of as little as $3. (Paid memberships help keep the site running, and paid members get special members-only benefits. Please consider a paid membership in support of independent, local arts journalism.) A free membership option is available. For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: What’s your favorite Tim Burton film or Danny Elfman score? (Or you can just say why you’d like to attend.) Deadline to enter is 3 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 9. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (23)

  • Rose Peralta

    I absolutely love Danny Elfman. He is a genius. I have been a fan of TNBC since day one (80’s baby) and pulled my daughters into the fandom. I love anything that Elfman and Burton create. My girls and I would love to attend this performance, we all share a love of Orchestra performances. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Jim Wilson

    Frankly, I don’t like any Tim Burton movies. But I enjoy Danny Elfman’s music.

  • Michael Parola

    Love to have a pair of tickets to see “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Big fan of both Burton and Elfman!

  • Danielle Seaberg

    I’m a huge Tim Burton fan! I would say it’s kind of a draw between Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands. I would LOVE to see this!!

  • Jennifer

    Favorite Tim Burton Film is A Nightmare Before Christmas. And this happens to be my Husband and sisters favorite movie of all time

    • Stephanie Briones

      Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. BEETLEJUICE!

  • Silvia Fisher

    Hands down Nightmare Before Christmas! Danny Elfman is a music genius 🎼

  • John Hayes

    Never seen Nightmare Before Christmas. But thought Beetlejuice was really inventive for its time. Hi

  • Lee Garcia

    Danny Elfmans score of Edward Scissorhands is amazing!

  • Hard to pick one Elfman score, but the Beetlejuice theme is pretty amazing. I wanted to go to this anyway and was planning on it, but the available seats were all solo and I want to ask a Sally so this Jack won’t be singing along alone. For it’s as plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be. Donating now!

  • Theflan

    Definitely Nightmare Before Christmas!

  • Kristie Metler

    I love Tim Burton! Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, his remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so many more! Would love to take my friend who is a huge fan of Jack Skellington 😊

  • Lisa Ovalle

    I absolutely love the music from
    Nightmare Before Christmas. Hope I win.

  • Cathy Dunlap

    It’s a toss up between Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice but there are so many!!

  • Kiki579

    I love Tim Burton! Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands…ah! I’d love to take my friend to this event, she is a huge fan of Jack Skellington and mamas need a night out!!

  • Linda Ramirez

    I’d love to attend.

  • a.romero1121

    I would love to attend! My favorite Tim Burton movie probably has to be Sweeney Todd or Corpse Bride

  • javier cabrera

    Among all the outstanding Tim Burton films, my favorite of all time would be Beetlejuice. Attending this concert would be an incredible experience to this HUGE Tim Burton fan!

  • Anthony.arias95

    I would like to attend

  • Chynna Clugston Flores

    100% a fan of both–huge Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman fan, even from The Forbidden Zone and Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo days, and Beetlejuice’s soundtrack has a very Boingo feel to it (so I gravitate toward that one in particular)! Nightmare is a given, anything with Danny singing but he does such a lovely and unforgettable soundtrack for this film. For Tim Burton, Ed Wood is one of my all-time favorite films, but then I juggle between Nightmare, Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice for close second favorite. Either way, whether they’re working together or separately (though I prefer together), I’m on board. I’ll stick with House of Dark Shadows over Burton’s adaptation, though. 😉

  • Lisa Burleson

    My son is a huge Philharmonic fan, but we are only able to afford to attend once a season. He is the one who started us going and now I enjoy it as well. His favorite Danny Elfman scores are “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Batman. He would be so happy to win tickets!

  • angie rosenthal

    I don’t have a favorite Tim Burton movie, I just love them all. This would be an awesome performance to go to with my daughter who is a music major at FCC.


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