Children, students and community members alike will be celebrating Halloween in a slightly different way with the School of Music on October 31st. The Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles from the School of Music will be performing “Hallowpalooza V-Something Wicked This Way Hums”. In the past this hour-long comedic performance has included takes on movie music spoofs, internet sensations, and some classical pieces; everything from Angry Birds to Willy Wonka. This won’t be your typical classical music performance; a conglomerate of different genres of music will have a modern take on the classics.
In the past the concert has included skits intertwined between the covers of popular songs and musicians dressed in costumes such as Harry Potter or bananas. Crowds of more than 1,000 have flooded into Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium to participate in the unique show.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our successful tradition of celebrating Halloween in Athens in an entertaining and safe way,” said Steven Huang, director of orchestras. “Using costumes and special effects together with live music, we hope to delight the community with our imagination and talent.”
Apart from the night performance, more than 1,000 elementary school children from around the area will get to experience Hallowpalooza at a special morning performance. As younger children are not regularly exposed to a wide array of musical performances, this event presents a unique opportunity.
Lauretta Werner, a junior who has participated in Hallowpalooza for the past three years as a part of the symphony is especially looking forward to the morning performance for the elementary school children.
“I think it’s awesome that the children get to see orchestras in a different way because I think a lot of them are not even around string instruments, especially in this community,” said Werner.
Apart from exposing children to the world of music in a creative way, the event is a prime opportunity for the symphony and ensembles to harness their creative spirit in a more non-traditional way to bring together university and community.
“It really ties us with the community; Hallowpalooza is a good reason to bring the community and Ohio University together to become involved with Halloween,” said Werner.
The comedic performance will take place in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 31st. Tickets are $5 and free for students with an OU ID and children under 12. All proceeds from the event will go to support the School of Music.
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-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant