Two UT Department of Music Concerts Offer Variation on Halloween Theme October 28 & 30

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 by: Angela Riddel | Category: Arts and Entertainment

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present two Halloween-themed concerts. But each will offer a performance distinctly different from the other. On Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m., the UT Concert Chorale will perform “Totentanz” (Dance of Death), a choral arrangement by Hugo Distler of Franz Liszt’s famous work. Then on Sunday, October 30, the UT bands will perform a program of chillers and thrillers, from classical music through modern Broadway hits. Distler’s “Totentanz” was written while he was an organist at a church in Lübeck, Germany when the Nazi’s were in power. Fear of death dominated his thoughts almost daily. After seeing the wall mural of the Dance of Death in St. Mary’s Church, he decided to write a choral work set to Liszt’s music, telling the story of each of the characters in the mural as they make their fateful dance with Death. UT’s unique performance will also feature a multimedia presentation created by UT film student John Leo. The evening will also feature selections from Distler’s “Elf kleine Klavierstucke für die Jugend” (“Eleven Short Piano Pieces for Youth”) played by piano performance major, Mercy Olson. These charming pieces are very rarely performed and are sure to be a treat for all in attendance. The “Totentanz” concert will be held in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall (UT Main Campus). Parking is free in Area 12, across the street from the Center for Performing Arts. The UT Bands Halloween concert will be held Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater (University Hall, UT Main Campus). The University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform music from Hollywood’s scariest movies, a medley of haunted Broadway hits as well as spine-tingling selections of classical music. It is a family-friendly event. Costumes are not required but are highly encouraged! Treats will also be provided. Parking is free in Area 1N and Area 13, the parking lots closest to University Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Visit the UT Department of Music at

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