Texas Tech University

School of Music Hosts October Performances

David Gay

October 16, 2018

Ensemble performances include the University Symphony Orchestra, the Matador Singers and the University Choir.

Ensembles in the Texas Tech University School of Music, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington School of Visual and Performing Arts, will perform their fall concerts throughout the remainder of the month. These performances include the University Symphony Orchestra's Halloween “Hauntcert” and the annual Octubafest. All events are free and open to the public.

Matador Singers & University Singers Fall Concert

The Matador Singers and University Singers ensembles will host their fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21) in Hemmle Recital Hall. The University Singers will open the concert with works by Randall Thompson and Gwyneth Walker. After a brief intermission, the Matador Singers will end the performance with works by Felix Mendelssohn and A.R. Rahman.

University Choir & Women's Chorale Fall Concert

The University Choir and the Women's Chorale will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Hemmle Recital Hall, featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Alessandro Scarlatti and Andrea Ramsey.

University Symphony Orchestra Halloween “Hauntcert”

The University Symphony Orchestra will host its annual Halloween ‘Hauntcert' Oct. 28 in Hemmle Recital Hall. The orchestra will host an instrument petting zoo at 1 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest at 1:30 p.m. The Texas Tech String Project will perform at 2:15 p.m., followed by the University Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. The performance will feature popular songs including “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” by Paul Dukas and works from John Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


This annual performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in Hemmle Recital Hall features traditional German music performed by the students of Kevin Wass, professor of tuba and euphonium. The students will perform seasonal music as well as polka music.

Other performances through the end of October include:

  • Teaching Thursday: “Safety Dance,” 5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 18), Hemmle Recital Hall. This month's event features a discussion over classroom inclusivity with Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, vice provost for academic affairs and associate professor of dance.
  • Guest artist recital: Aire Duo featuring Susan Hochmiller and Steven Marx on trumpet, 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 18), Talkington Hall at the Legacy Event Center, 1400 14th Street. The performance features works from Charles Chaynes and poetry from Emily Dickinson.
  • Symphonic Band concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Hemmle Recital Hall. The Symphonic Band will perform works by Samuel Barber and Percy Grainger under the direction of Eric Allen, assistant director of bands, and School of Music teaching assistant Kerri MacPhee.
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Hemmle Recital Hall. This concert features two of the top auditioned ensembles in Texas Tech's School of Music.