U of O to present Halloween concert, haunted tours

Release Date: 10/14/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will offer on-campus events in the spirit of Halloween for the Clarksville community on Monday, Oct. 24 and Monday, Oct. 31.

U of O music professor and organist Dr. Sharon Gorman will present the 11th annual Halloween Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 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. on Oct. 31. Both events are free and open to the general public.

The organ concert will include musical tricks and treats both scary and comical, featuring organ music by Gorman and choral music by the University Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. G. Mikael Lindström. There will be a special emphasis this year on music from the The Lord of the Rings films. The program opens with the traditional Toccata and Fugue in D minor of J. S. Bach, made famous as a theme from Phantom of the Opera. The Chamber Singers will perform "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" from Potter Puppet Pals, as well as three pieces of the Music for the Dead: "The Hearse Song" (arranged by Sharon Gorman), Mozart’s "Confutatis" and "Remains of the Day" from The Corpse Bride. The concert will also feature music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gounod’s "Funeral March of the Marionettes," and Nigel Ogden’s organ work, "Saints on a Spree." And, of course, there will be the usual "terrifying" mystery guests to enliven the proceedings.

The concert is family-friendly and costumes are welcome and encouraged.

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 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 call the Student Life Office at 979-1322.