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SMO to stir up some ‘spooky’ sounds

October 27, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - A taste of "Star Wars" and "Fantasia," along with a twist of "Twilight" is just a few of the highlights of the upcoming Southwest Minnesota Orchestra concert.

The SMO will perform "Hauntcert," a collection of "spooky" music, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School.

SMO director Daniel Rieppel said the last time the SMO did a Halloween-themed concert was during his second year at Southwest Minnesota State University, a little more than a decade ago.

"The (Friends of the Orchestra) board wanted a kids-friendly Halloween concert," Rieppel said.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and there will be a costume contest during intermission, Rieppel said. Members of the orchestra will be dressed up as well. Rieppel said there are a few high school students involved with the SMO, and he believes they will come up with a good costume concept.

"I hope they will be 'campy and vampy,'" he said.

And there will be a few lighting effects during one of the pieces, Rieppel said.

"It's just a fun way to present the music," Rieppel said. "There's a great spooky repertoire out there."

"Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens should be a familiar piece, Rieppel said.

"They (audience members) probably heard it in popular representations of music, cartoons," Rieppel said. The piece will also feature a solo by SMO's new concertmaster, Bacco Lui, on violin.

Two selections from "Fantasia" will be performed at "Hauntcert," Rieppel said, "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" by Bach-Stokowski and "Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky.

Rieppel said there will be lighting effects in the performance of "Toccata and Fugue."

"It has a gothic feel to it, old, antique, long ago and far away," Rieppel said of "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor." "It's a very gripping piece."

"Night on Bald Mountain" has a big sound with the full orchestra, Rieppel said.

"He writes great pieces for orchestra," Rieppel said about the composer of "Night on Bald Mountain" - Mussorgsky. "He's an incredible writer for orchestra. He knows how to make an orchestra sound great."

Three pieces from the "Twilight" movie series will feature harp soloists, Rieppel said. The selections are "New Moon," "Bella's Lullaby" and "Jacob's Theme."

"(Board members) thought that would appeal to the younger kids," Rieppel said. "It's actually very pretty music."

The concert will also include "The Imperial March" from "Star Wars." Selecting music for the upcoming concert can be a little tough, Rieppel said, especially with so much music to choose from.

"We had several other pieces on the docket," Rieppel said. "We had to trim a bit."



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