Halloween Organ Concert to Be Presented Oct. 31

Oct. 30, 1996

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Organ Department will present its sixth annual Halloween Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Roxy Grove Hall. This fun-filled event, a growing tradition on the Baylor campus, features costumed student and faculty performers in a program of spooky Halloween music for the "king of instruments."

This year's concert will open with Charles Gounod's familiar "Funeral March for a Marionette" (the theme music for television's "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"). There also will be music by Johann Sebastian Bach (Toccata and Fugue in D Minor), Camille Saint-Saëns ("Carnival of the Animals"), Felix Mendelssohn ("Witch's Song"), and an arrangement for two organists of John Philip Sousa's rousing "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Other pieces will be "Pedal Variations" by Alice Jordan, "Rhumba" by Robert Elmore, "Alles was du bist" by Billy Nalle, and the witty "A Diet of Worms" by Michael Horvit.

The audience is invited to come in costume, and the performers will give out candy throughout the concert. The dancing skeletons, so popular in past Halloween concerts, are expected to make a return visit to Roxy Grove Hall, and a special "Guest Witch" and her accompanist will perform in the Mendelssohn piece.

The Halloween Organ Concert is produced by Dr. Joyce Jones, Baylor's Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and Organist-in-Residence. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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