School of Music brings Phantom to Belin

Members of Glee Club sing “Don’t Stop Believin” in Belin Chapel on Oct. 18. The Phantom of the Opera concert will take place in Belin Chapel on Oct. 29. | Justin M. Nguyen

Aja Bryant|Contributing writer

The spirit of Halloween and the University’s organ will combine to create a unique event and the audience is encouraged to dress up in family-friendly costumes, as the Phantom will surely make his appearance.

The School of Music and the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host the organ program in Belin Chapel on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., although a mix and mingle begins at 7:30 p.m. Several organists will be featured, including Dr. Rhonda Furr, professor of music and the coordinator of the 2016 AGO National Convention, and Brian Granquist, who will act as master of ceremonies and a performing organist.

“This fun program will feature music from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical including the Phantom theme and some songs performed by area singers,” Furr said. “It will also include Bach’s famous Toccata in D Minor, familiar movie themes and other music appropriate for the occasion.”

The organ program will act as a fundraiser to support the 2016 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention, which will be held in Houston to reflect the talents of organ music.

“The convention is a huge honor and undertaking for Houston,” Granquist said. “Extra funding is needed for line items not always included in the full budget picture.”

Aside from being the first major fundraiser of the convention, the organists hope to bring awareness to the convention and entertain the audience with an untraditional side of organ music. This features the master of ceremonies addressing each song, which is not typical in a traditional organ recital.

“My expectation is that everyone has fun in participating and listening, particularly since we will be enjoying such a wonderful organ and concert venue,” Granquist said. “I’m not really worried about the relatively short time left before the program because I’ve been playing organ since I was seven and I’m nearly 63!”

Freshman Sofia Burgos said she is excited for this upcoming event because it is a classic among music majors.

“I’ve sang many of their songs for recitals and stuff and it’s really great,” Burgos said. “ I enjoy the music.”

Tickets will be $10 per person and can be purchased in Brown 110 or at the door.

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