U of O to present Halloween events

Release Date: 10/17/2008

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks will present a pair of Halloween events that are free and open to the community on Monday, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, Dr. Sharon Gorman, professor of music and university organist, will present her annual Halloween Organ Concert in Munger Chapel. The following day, Oct. 28, the university’s Residential Hall Association (RHA) and women’s basketball team will sponsor an event called Haunted Housing for the local community, starting at 6 p.m., on the Ozarks campus.

The Halloween Organ Concert will feature the usual bag of musical tricks and treats, with music both scary and funny. Dr. Gorman will perform music from such films as Phantom of the Opera, Batman, Indiana Jones and Gladiator. Assisting with the concert this year will be the University Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Mikael Lindström, and the University Players, the college’s theatre student organization. The Chamber Singers will perform music from Nightmare Before Christmas; Star Wars I: Phantom Menace; and Carmina Burana. The University Players will act out scenes from the Dracula Suite by Janet Correll. There is no cost for admission and the audience is encouraged to come in costume. The concert is children-friendly.

Dr. Gorman, who came to U of O in 1996 from northern California, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University as well as two organ performance degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

The Haunted Housing, which is free and open to all area children ages 12-and-under, will include trick-or-treating tours of several 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. For more information on the Haunted Housing, please contact the Student Life Office at 979-1436.