For the first installment of its 2018-19 Espresso chamber concert series, the Spartanburg Philharmonic has put together a program that’s perfectly suited for the Halloween season.

The cult 1922 silent film “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors” will be screened while members of the orchestra perform a live soundtrack. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Chapman Cultural Center with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for a happy hour reception.

“The movie has historical importance and it can be very scary,” said Spartanburg Philharmonic composer-in-residence Peter Kay, who put together the musical score. “But, at the same time, because it’s so old, a lot of the movie tropes are kind of campy and fun now. So, it has that interesting mix of being scary but also being fun and light-hearted.”

Friday’s concert marks the second time the Spartanburg Philharmonic has shown “Nosferatu,” which is in the public domain and is an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, “Dracula.” Kay has made some changes to the musical score that was performed during the 2016 Espresso series presentation.

“The first time we did this, I was pulling a Mozart,” Kay said with a laugh. “I was writing the music while (the musicians) were rehearsing, so some of it was given to them the day before the concert. And even though we have such fantastic musicians and they did a stellar job, I felt like there were some sections (of the score) I could improve.”

The original 94-minute German Expressionist horror film, which was directed by F.W. Murnau, has been edited to fit the Philharmonic’s usual one-hour performance time for Espresso series concerts and features music by 19th century German composer Johannes Brahms along with original interludes composed by Kay.

“The reason I chose Brahms is that it’s the right time period for when ‘Dracula’ — or in this case, ‘Nosferatu’ — was set,” Kay said. “I was doing a lot of research and I stumbled upon a couple of his pieces that just fit so perfectly.”

Noting the “cinematic” quality of Brahms’ music, Kay added, “Even though he didn’t have movies in his time and certainly didn’t write for movies, there are a lot of film scores that owe a lot to the music of Brahms. Some of his harmonic changes and his melodic ideas, they show up in movies today.”

The Spartanburg Philharmonic chamber ensemble performing the music for the concert is composed of concertmaster Joanna Mulfinger, principal 2nd violin Tracy Ensley, principal viola Anna Joiner, violist Alvoy Bryan, principal cello Brenda Leonoard, assistant principal bass Matt Waid and principal keyboard Brennan Szafron. Newly-appointed Spartanburg Philharmonic music director Stefan Sanders will serve as conductor.

“I’m really excited that this is getting a second performance,” Kay said. “It’s a big undertaking to tackle; it’s an hourlong piece in a sense because there are no breaks. It definitely takes a lot of work to put it together and to put it on, but I think the audience is really going to enjoy it.”