The Women's Chorale sing at Hallowpalooza 2009.

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Hallowpalooza will bring the hills to life

School of Music concert provides family friendly alternative to Halloween in Athens

The Ohio University School of Music will present “Hallowpalooza III – The Hills Are Alive” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.

The pops concert – fit for ghouls, witches and zombies alike – will feature a variety of the school’s instrumental and vocal ensembles, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, University Choirs and a special appearance by the Marching 110.

“While much of Athens’ Halloween revolves around the uptown scene, we hope to focus the attention on what Ohio University can offer, in an entertaining, yet safe way,” said Steven Huang, director of orchestras. “In selecting the repertoire, we welcome all audiences young and old to the performance. Many orchestras around the country perform Halloween concerts, and we hope that ours, with our specific brand of Athens humor, will stand out.”

The subtitle of the concert, “The Hills Are Alive,” provides a clue to some of the humor around which the concert has been designed, as the performance will feature a medley from the The Sound of Music. Other musical highlights include a piece inspired by Superman, music from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bach’s legendary Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

In addition to the evening concert, the School of Music will present a special morning performance for more than 1,600 area elementary school children from Meigs, Trimble, Nelsonville and Athens. The Athens Community Music School helps make this possible by providing the funding to cover much of the transportation costs.

“Although the vast majority of School of Music concerts are free, many children don’t get a chance to see them because of a variety of barriers such as issues with transportation or they come from households where the parent works in the evenings,” said Elizabeth Braun, director of the Athens Community Music School. “I have no doubts that the children will recognize much of the music they hear at the concert and I hope that excites them and encourages them to imagine themselves on stage playing an instrument some day.”

Hallowpalooza will last about an hour with fun, lighthearted music as well as spooky lighting and effects to go along with Athens’ popular Halloween tradition. It provides a family-friendly alternative to uptown Halloween festivities. Costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are $5. Students with a valid OHIO ID and children 12 and under receive free admission. Proceeds from the concert benefit student scholarships.