For Halloween 2013, we combined our annual Scary Sixty Seconds with a wealth of classical music! We divided the performance pieces into a group that was scary or spooky and those that were sweet or soothing. As you might have guessed, those were our “tricks” and “treats”.
We welcomed a wonderful group of guest performers, voted on the scariest contest pieces and generally had a wonderful time!
Saturday November 2, 2013
Christ United Methodist Church
Chapel Hill, NC
T R I C K S
Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens – Pianists Greg McCallum and Julie Harris
The Writer – film by Edson Oda, scored by Noah Balamucki
Bela Bartok’s Suite, Op. 14, performed by Grace Gollmar
Scary! Sixty Seconds Composition Contest entries:
Wind Song by Sayali Gove – played by Laura Szpir, Aria Cheregosha and Darshan Gove
October by Susie Kim Park with Linda Sue Park – sung by Andrea Howland with Julie Harris
Forest Theme by Charles Higgins – musical score for the iPhone game “Astray”
Fantasia by Stephanie Wang – also played by Stephanie Wang – a double treat!
The Fountain of the Acqua Paola by Charles Griffes – played by Alison Kim
The climax of the night’s program was the presentation of the eight entries of the Scary! Sixty Seconds Composition Contest! We all had so much fun listening, shivering and voting. There were many surprises when the secret identities of the composers were revealed:
THE WINNER IS: The Mad Witch with a total of 61 votes — secret composer is Greg Brus, from Poland
SECOND PLACE IS: Final Playdate with a total of 31 votes — secret composer is Noah Balamucki, from North Carolina
THIRD PLACE IS: Trapped with a total of 17 votes – secret composer is Kevin Kopczynski, from North Carolina
4th: Down the Cellar Stairs – 15 votes – secret composer is Robert Hunter, from Stinson Beach, California
5th: Conversations in an Asylum – 6 votes – secret composer is Samantha Strowd, from North Carolina
6th: Two-way tie between
The Haunted Harpsichord – 5 votes – secret composer is Julie Harris, from North Carolina
AND Graveyard – 5 votes – secret composer is Grace Gollmar, from North Carolina
7th: In the House of the Hollower – 2 votes – secret composer is Keith Garside, from Maryland
Someone at the concert pointed out an interesting item … Greg Brus is from Poland, “Kopczynski” and “Balamuczki” were both originally Polish names. Hmmmm. Verrrry interesting!
Many people said that ALL the pieces were wonderful and I agree. Thanks to all you fabulous composers!