Spooky Organ Music to Haunt Halloween Concert on Thursday, Oct. 31

October 25, 2019

Event Information

Time: 9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
Place: Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park St., Grinnell

The program features haunting works by J. S. Bach, John Leavitt, Paul Drayton, Carson Cooman,  and Craig Phillips. The audience will be invited to join in singing “scarols” composed by Thomas Pavlechko. Scarols are Yuletide carols set in a minor key with Halloween words and spooky accompaniments. The scarols will include:

  • Down in the Graveyard to the tune of Up On the Housetop
  • Here We Come A-Scaroling to the tune of Here We Come A-Caroling
  • Rattling Bones to the tune of Jingle Bells, and
  • We Wish You a Spooky Ghoultide to the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Event Sponsor

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Performer Bios

Grinnell College Organist Linda Bryant, who also serves as an applied music associate for organ, will be joined by Grinnell College student organists. They are Max Pochan ’23, Mary Binzley ’22 and Machiko Takanashi ’22, Lilya Woodburn ’20, as well as alumnus Richard Tanimoto ’19. Also assisting with the concert are Lizzy Hinman ’20, McKenna Doherty ’22, and Mark Gambeski ’23.

As the College organist, Bryant provides music for ceremonial events such as the Medallion Ceremony, Grinnell Prize Ceremony, Baccalaureate, and Commencement. She also plays for worship and memorial services and weddings in addition to giving recitals in Herrick Chapel and in other communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Drake University and a Master of Arts from Valparaiso University. In addition, she has earned Colleague certification from the American Guild of Organists.

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