Something Wicked This Way Hums: OU School of Music Presents “Hallowpalooza”

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Children, students and community members are invited to celebrate Halloween with the Ohio University School of Music's "Hallowpalooza V: Something Wicked This Way Hums" on Wed. Oct. 31.

Previously, the popular annual show has included takes on movie music spoofs, internet sensations and some classical pieces.

This year, everything from Angry Birds and Jaws to The Nutcracker will be featured, intertwined with comedy skits and performed by the OU Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles from the School of Music.

This won't be a typical classical music concert, according to Director of Orchestras Steven Huang.

"We’re looking forward to continuing our successful tradition of celebrating Halloween in Athens in an entertaining and safe way," he said. "Using costumes and special effects together with live music, we hope to delight the community with our imagination and talent."

Apart from the evening show, more than 1,400 elementary school children from around the area will get to experience Hallowpalooza during 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 show.

"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," she said.

In addition to introducing school kids to the world of music in a creative way, the event is a prime opportunity for the symphony and ensembles to strengthen town and gown relations.

"It really ties us with the community," said Werner.

Hallowpalooza V will take place in OU's Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. General admission tickets are $5. OU students and children under 12 are admitted free.

All proceeds from the event will support the School of Music.