Date October 27, 2016
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Video: Brown's creepiest concert

Brown organist Mark Steinbach offers a glimpse of the University's traditional midnight Halloween event — a celebration of spooky songs old and new delivered on the world's oldest Hutchings-Votey pipe organ.

Every year, Sayles Hall plays host to a full-capacity crowd for the University's annual midnight organ concert. In lieu of traditional seating, audience members bring blankets and pillows to cozy up on the floor and listen to pieces ranging from Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" to the "Monster Mash." The music is all performed on Brown's circa-1903 Hutchings-Votey pipe organ by Mark Steinbach, University organist, instrument curator and music lecturer, who revived the musical tradition in 1993 after an eight-year hiatus.