Department of Performing and Visual Arts to host ‘Octubaween’ – with performers in costume – on Oct. 31

October 23, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts' music program will host “Octubaween” on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature performances by the newly-founded Pioneer Low Brass Ensemble, which includes 16 UW-Platteville students; several low brass student soloists; a student tuba and euphonium quartet; and a student brass quintet. The term “low brass” refers to the brass instrument family that includes the trombone, euphonium and tuba.

Performers will be dressed in Halloween costumes and audience members are encouraged to wear costumes as well. Halloween candy will be available after the concert for children who attend. The concert does not conflict with Platteville's scheduled times for trick-or-treating.

“This special concert will showcase the outstanding level of musicianship found in the UW-Platteville Low Brass Studio and provide an enriching musical experience for community members and their families as well as university students, faculty and staff,” said David Earll, music lecturer at UW-Platteville.

The concert will be held in the fashion of the quickly growing trend called “Classical Revolution,” where audiences are able to hear music of the highest quality in a setting that is more accessible than typical concert venues and settings.

“The repertoire for this fun, family event are musical selections with a Halloween theme,” said Earll. “The selections are sure to delight and entertain audience members of all ages while also showcasing the outstanding abilities of the UW-Platteville students. This concert will provide a safe and enriching alternative or addition to traditional trick-or-treating. We plan to make this an annual event.”

“I really enjoy being a part of the Low Brass Ensemble,” said Cody Ferron, a senior education major with an emphasis in instrumental music and a math education minor at UW-Platteville from Casco, Wis. “For me, it’s always been for the love of the music. What could be better than performing great music with great friends?”

“When we’re practicing, the sound of the music we’re going to play for ‘Octubaween’ surrounds us with the power of the low brass sound,” Ferron said. “I can’t wait for everyone in the audience to feel what we get to experience all the time.”

Contact: David Earll, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1143,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,

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