By Kristin Burnell
Sacred Heart University’s Choir and Band Program will be celebrating Halloween with their annual Halloween concerts.
The Choir Program will be performing “Pipescreams” on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Stratford.
“‘Pipescreams,’ the choir concert, is really all about having fun and being spooky,” said junior Choir Program president Sarah Riccio. “All of the music has a more uneasy feeling to it—just a little bit creepy.”
According to junior choir member Jenna Larson, there is no central theme for the concert. However, the show does focus on the Halloween holiday and features different types of Halloween music.
The concert will feature performances by 4 Heart Harmony, SHUpermen, and SHU L.O.V.E. 4 Heart Harmony is the select chamber choir, SHUpermen is the men’s ensemble, and SHU L.O.V.E. which is the ladies only vocal ensemble. Sacred Heart’s Choir Program will be joined by University of Bridgeport’s choir group and choirs from the United Congregational Church.
“Music always brings people together, and I believe this is a perfect representation of that,” said Riccio said. “Each of these choirs plays a specific, different role on campus. Everyone that participates in them went through an extra audition.”
Many choir members are excited about performing their annual Halloween concert at a new venue.
“One difference compared to last year is that we are performing in a new space,” said Riccio. “In the past, we performed at United Congregational Church in Bridgeport. But this year we will be at Stratford First Congregational Church. I’m excited to see the new space.”
Members of the choir will be dressed in costume. They encourage audience members to dress up, too, because there will be a costume contest with prizes. The concert will also feature a pipe organ, a silent film, and a reception.
“It is a really fun Halloween season kick off concert and little kids would definitely enjoy it as well. So bring friends and family,” said Larson.
Following “Pipescreams” is the Band Program’s concert, “Halloween Spooktacular!” This concert will take place on Monday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.
“[We want to] keep the Halloween tradition by playing a selection of exciting and spooky songs,” said sophomore band member Ben Kozak. “The concert is intended to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and provide powerful and sometimes chilling music.”
The Band Program has put on this Halloween concert for the past two years. Each concert has a specific theme and features pieces of music relating to the subject.
“Our upcoming concert is our ‘Halloween Spooktacular!’ program,” said Director of Bands Keith Johnston. “This year’s theme is ‘Sci-Fi and Thrillers’ and features the music of Danny Elfman, John Williams, and music from the BBC hit series, ‘Doctor Who.’”
Featuring “spine-tingling music and hair-raising fun,” the concert band will be performing some Halloween favorites.
“My favorite song for this concert is ‘The Machine Awakes’ by Steven Bryant,” said senior band member Lara Decastro. “The song, along with the electronic beats and pulses, gives a modern Frankenstein vibe; in the sense that something created by humans—in this case, the band—is coming to life when it should not be alive at all.”
Like the Choir Program, members of band also encourage everyone to attend their concert and come in costume to help get into the Halloween spirit.
“The band will be dressed in costume, and we encourage the audience to come dressed up as well,” said Johnston.