U of O to present Halloween concert, haunted tours

Release Date: 10/20/2004

Clarksville, Ark. ---University of the Ozarks will offer two on-campus events in the spirit of Halloween for the community on Monday, Oct. 25.

U of O music professor and organist Dr. Sharon Gorman will present the fourth annual Halloween organ concert at 7 p.m. in Munger Memorial Chapel at the university. Also, the annual Residential Hall Association Haunted Housing for children 12-and-under will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The organ concert will include musical tricks and treats both scary and comical. It opens with the traditional Toccata and Fugue in D minor of J. S. Bach, made famous as a theme from Phantom of the Opera. Featured also are selections by John Williams from the Harry Potter films and an arrangement of Gounod’s Funeral March of the Marionette, as well as works by Lefebure-Wely, Vierne, and Utterback.

The concert is open to the public and free of charge, although donations of canned goods for a food drive to benefit the Clarksville Housing Authority will be gratefully accepted at the door. Dr. Gorman came to U of O in 1996 from northern California, where she taught at Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, Calif., and served as director of music at Grace Lutheran Church in San Jose, Calif. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University as well as two organ performance degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. Her formal training also includes private keyboard studies in northern Germany with Harald Vogel, a specialist in Baroque keyboard music.

The Haunted Housing event will include trick-or-treating tours of four of the university’s residential halls. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and parents can accompany their children on the tours. The escorted tours of the Halloween-decorated halls will begin in the Seay Student Center. The candy that will be passed out by students will be purchased by U of O officials.