October 7, 2014—It’s back! On Sunday, Oct. 26, the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance will present the fourth annual Halloween SpookTastic! low brass concert, an annual, family-friendly event in which UO student performers on trombone, tuba, and euphonium will appear in costume, joining forces to perform spooky (but not scary) family favorites.
The SpookTastic! concert will take place in Aasen-Hull Hall (room 190) of the Frohnmayer Music Building on the UO campus, starting at 6:30 p.m. (a special early start time so kids can get to bed). Admission is free. Children are encouraged to attend in costume.
“The SpookTastic! event is an excellent opportunity for parents to introduce their children to classical music and to low brass instruments,” remarked UO trombone professor Henry Henniger. “We’re excited to top last year’s costumes,” he added.
In 2012, Henniger appeared at show time dressed as He-Man, while in 2013 he favored a ghost costume. Each year Henniger leads a combined ensemble of cowboys, superheroes, and monsters.
As with last year’s event, kids will enjoy the musical tale of Boney Bones, a lonely trombone who wants to go trick-or-treating. UO student musicians will act out the original story poem in costume and with instruments. Boney Bones just might have some candy for the children, as well!
Concert repertoire for the 2014 event will include Jack Wilds’ Leviathan, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue.
UO musical ensembles that will perform as part of the Halloween SpookTastic! event will include the UO Trombone Choir, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and Apocalyptic Brass.