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Annual Hallowpalooza Concert is Oct. 31

The Ohio University School of Music will present "Hallowpalooza V—Something Wicked This Way Hums" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The one-hour concert, fit for revelers ages 5 and up, will feature a variety of the school's instrumental ensembles headlined by the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra. The annual concert has entertained more than 1,000 audience members each year.

"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."

Highlights will include spoofs of movie music, internet sensations, and classical standards, such as the "Nutcracker Suite," music from the movie "Jaws," and the popular smartphone game Angry Birds.
Styles will range from straight classical to dubstep-inspired moves.

In addition to the evening concert, the School of Music will present a special morning performance for more than 1,200 area elementary school children from Meigs, Nelsonville, and Athens counties. The Athens Community Music School (ACMS) helps make this possible by providing the funding to cover their transportation costs. Additional advertisement is funded by ACMS and Arts for Ohio.

"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 households where parents work 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 University ID and children 12 and under receive free admission. Any proceeds from the concert benefit student support at the School of Music.