Halloween Organ Concert

October 23, 2019
Baylor University will present its twenty-ninth-annual Halloween Organ Concert on Friday, November 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. (This is one day late, due to the Baylor-West Virginia football game on Halloween night.) The lighthearted program is directed by Baylor’s Associate Professor of Organ, Isabelle Demers, with students from her organ studio performing playfully spooky tunes.
Opening the concert will be “Toccata in D minor” by Gaston Bélier (Hunter Gensler, organist) and then the first-movement “Prélude” from Symphony No. 1 by Bélier’s much better-known contemporary, Louis Vierne (Joel Tiotuico).
The program will continue with Ethel Smith’s organ arrangement of “When the Saints Go Marching In” by Edward C. Redding (Hannah Scholz), the first-movement “Allegro maestoso” from Vierne’s Symphony No. 3 (Chase Dothit), and “Sine Nomine” by John Weaver, who served for decades as chairman of the organ departments at both the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City (Holden Miller).
Just in time for Halloween, the traditional English carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” has been given some amusing new lyrics by the Organ Studio of St. Olaf College. They begin: “Why rest ye merry, gentlemen, when ought you be dismayed?” (Daniel McIntosh).
Also to be heard are the organist’s own arrangement of “Super Mario Medley” by Koji Kondo (Gretchen Noble Crocker), the ubiquitous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach (Jared Cook), and the Joss Sp-S setting of “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Catherine Ledoux).
The program will close with the first-movement “Allegro” from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony No. 6 (Jessica Suandrianna).
This Halloween Organ Concert is free of charge and open to the public. Those attending are invited to come in costume, if they so desire. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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