posted October 19, 2011

Wind Ensemble to Present Halloween-Themed Concert on Oct. 31

The Hope College Wind Ensemble will present its third annual Halloween Concert on Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. 
 
The public is invited. Admission is free. 
 
The Wind Ensemble will be playing a variety of pieces, including Modest Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Stephen McNeff's "Ghosts," movie soundtrack selections from "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Star Trek," and Eric Whitacre's "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas." 
 
"The concert will feature a variety of music for all ages. People are encouraged to come in costume," said Gabe Southard, who is director of the Wind Ensemble and an assistant professor of music. There will be an instrumental petting zoo for younger students interested in trying instruments after the performance. 
 
Southard, who joined the Hope faculty in 2007, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting. 
 
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.