UNO’s Heartland Philharmonic performs Annual Haunt-cert this Sunday with New Director
October 23rd, 2018
DR BROOKS: â€œBeing the new Director of Orchestraâ€™s here at UNO, I knew there was a tradition of this annual Huant-cert, it took me a few months to get used to saying â€œHuant-certâ€, but now Iâ€™m used to it so it sounds like a normal thing, a normal word and people look at me strange now.â€
Thatâ€™s Dr. Matthew Brooks, the new Director or Orchestras in UNOâ€™s School of Music. He also leads the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and leads them in their annual Halloween concert this Sunday.
DR BROOKS: â€œYou know, Iâ€™ve done Halloween concerts before and I didnâ€™tâ€™ want it to be the same old. Since this concert has done this for a number of years, you can only reinvent the wheel so much. So I was trying to look for a theme but Iâ€™m not a thematic programmer, I tend to find music that connects with me that fits the general idea and then I start the process.â€
Through the magic of his process he came up with the theme of haunting stories.
DR BROOKS: â€œWere starting with Danse Macabre which will feature our concertmaster, Rachel Neff. After that we are doing a set from Hansel and Gretel. You donâ€™t normally think of it as a haunting story but itâ€™s a witch trying to eat the kids. We are teaming up with UNO Theater. Weâ€™re doing a reading interspersed with the Prelude from Hansel and Gretel, the Sandman Aria featuring graduate student, Alexandria Plumb and then also the Witches Ride. Then we have a special piece of music with a movie score like quality that will tie into a reading of Tell Tale Heart that the theater students will do, and finally wrap up with a movement from Symphonie Fantastique.â€
Dr. Brooks said there isnâ€™t one specific philosophy heâ€™s taken from, itâ€™s a little bit of everything.
DR BROOKS: â€œYeah, we purposely go and study every piece of the orchestra and every movement, motive and phrase but at the end of the day itâ€™s to look at all of those individually and then collectively. Hopefully we are always doing that, not resting on our laurels, we are never too good.â€
Thatâ€™s UNOâ€™s Director of Orchestraâ€™s Dr. Matthew Brooks and this Sunday October 28th he leads the HPO in their annual Haunt-cert.
DR BROOKS: â€œA lot of Halloween concert tends to be programmatic, that is the purpose to evoke a certain mood. All the pieces can portray a certain mood the audience and whether itâ€™s the exact story the composer intended or some mood of a character, each piece should evoke a certain mood, and thatâ€™s another reason itâ€™s really family friendlyâ€
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