A scene from a Fever candlelight concert
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Halloween, Taylor Swift and Vivaldi by candlelight? Cocoanut Grove has you covered

Hundreds of onstage candles will light the way for a series of concerts beginning in October at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove, with a string quartet taking on spooky movie classics, the ever-growing catalog of Taylor Swift and classical standby “The Four Seasons.”

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This fall, there’s a new wrinkle in live performance, which is actually an old wrinkle — an extremely old one, as matter of fact.

Beginning in October, the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will host a trio of concerts lit entirely by candlelight. Live music, featuring a group called Listeso String Quartet, will be accompanied by the light of hundreds of candles on stage.

The Candlelight Concerts series, presented by a company called Fever, opens Oct. 19 with a Halloween theme featuring classics from scary movies (including the shrieking violins of the “Psycho” theme), continues with a tribute to Taylor Swift on Nov. 17, and then ends with a holiday-oriented take on Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” on Dec. 15.