99-039 (Halloween Concert)
Distributed October 20, 1999
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Glenn Hare

Annual Halloween recital to feature really spooky music

University organist Mark Steinbach will present a recital of spooky music at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 31, Halloween. The free concert will feature music by Bach, Saint Saëns and Gounod and will take place in Sayles Hall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ghosts and hobgoblins wishing for a little entertainment on All Hallows Eve, should check out Sayles Hall around midnight. University organist Mark Steinbach will present a recital of really spooky music on the University’s historic Hutchings-Votey organ. Installed in 1903 and rebuilt and rededicated in 1992, Brown’s is the world’s largest Hutchings-Votey, featuring nearly 3,500 pipes ranging from two to 32 feet.

Since 1993, Steinbach has given the annual recitals, but believes that the tradition was established long before that time. Performed in almost complete darkness, the concert features a few special effects, including lighting and smoke. And instead of traditional seating, concert-goers are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets. They are also invited to come in costume.

The concert will showcase the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach. “It’s a very popular piece because it’s associated with creepy movies,” said Steinbach. “I think it’s ironic that a composition originally written for religious reasons, is now associated with Halloween.”

A transcription of Saint Saëns’ Dance Macabre also will be performed, which Steinbach describes as “foreboding with a touch of humor.” In addition, he will play Funeral March for A Marionette by Charles Gounod.

The concert is free and open to the public. Sayles Hall is located on The College Green.