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Percussion Ensemble offers family-friendly Halloween concert

October 14, 2003

Austin Peay's Percussion Ensemble will offer its annual Halloween concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building. The cost of admission is $3 or two cans of food to benefit Loaves and Fishes. Children are admitted at no cost, and audience members are encouraged to dress in costumes.
October 14, 2003

Austin Peay's Percussion Ensemble will offer its annual Halloween concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building. The cost of admission is $3 or two cans of food to benefit Loaves and Fishes. Children are admitted at no cost, and audience members are encouraged to dress in costumes.

From orchestra bells to garbage cans, the costume-clad percussion ensemble uses virtually every percussion instrument imaginable. The performance will include music from “Phantom of the Opera,” a piece inspired by “Star Trek,” music from the Hannibal Lecter movies, "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal," plus a Halloween rap.

“The whole show has an idea of things battling against one another,” says Professor David Steinquest, who began the Halloween concert tradition in 1985. Composers Bach and Bartok battle one another through the musical selections, while the ensemble battles against a brass choir, the APSU Chamber Singers and vocal soloists Joe Robinson and Desiree Dolan.

Although battles are being fought, Steinquest, who dons a different disguise each year, says the concert is “funny, entertaining and family-friendly.”

The Clarksville community obviously agrees, as the concert's immense popularity necessitated the addition of a second performance this year.

“The [concert] hall seats 600 people. Last year we filled it and sent about 200 people home,” says Steinquest.

“Every year, the concert hall has been standing-room only. If you want a seat, you get there an hour early,” adds Deidre Frazier, former Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority president.
Terry Stringer