Echoing scare returns

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The fourth annual “Echoing Scare” at the University of Indianapolis will be held in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on Oct. 30 to celebrate Halloween.

The event will start at 7 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Pre-concert activities will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Each year, the dynamic baroque instrumental and vocal ensemble Echoing Air, along with UIndy music faculty and students, presents “Echoing Scare,” a Halloween music performance that features classical music by various famous composers from 17th and 18th centuries, such as Purcell, Haydn, Bach, Gardner, and Rossini.

The concert is directed by faculty adjunct music professor and countertenor Steven Rickards, following Jeffrey Collier as recorder, Keith Collins on bassoon, Thomas Gerber on harpsichord and organ and Christine Kyprianides on viola da gamba. “Echoing Scare” will celebrate Halloween with various performers dressed up as witches, goblins, and ghouls to bring the spooky atmosphere of this special day.

“I wrote music for it [‘Echoing Scare’]. It’s a wonderful thing, it’s a fun thing. We want people to enjoy themselves,” Rickards said. “We want people to get the feeling of Halloween.”

Rickards also said that students and faculty members have been dedicating much time and preparing for “Echoing Scare” since August.

“This year, we combine UIndy students with students from Butler University and Marian University,” he said.

After the concert, there will be a costume competition. Awards include titles of the most inventive costume, the spookiest, or the funniest. The audience also is invited to arrive in costume for the event.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and students, and $5 for seniors. Attendance and tickets are free to all UIndy faculty, staff, and students.

With support from the Indiana Arts Commission and Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, as well as with funding support from Early Music America, part of the proceeds from the performance will help Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

According to Rickards, the event is dedicated to children so they can experience the day of Halloween.

All UIndy students are encouraged to help decorate the performance hall prior the concert.

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