USM School of Music Plans Halloween Weekend of Treats

USM School of Music Plans Halloween Weekend of Treats

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music is all treats this Halloween weekend as the annual Viola Festival returns and the campus favorite -- silent movie night -- fill the halls with music.

The Viola Festival runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 1. Featuring four public recitals, three feature professional violists and the final, includes members of Southern Miss viola studio. Viola music by composers including Bach, Bruch, Enesco, Gershwin, Messiaen, and more will be included in the recitals.

"It is rare to hear this much viola music within three days," said Dr. Hsiaopei Lee, associate professor of viola and event organizer. "The audience will enjoy high quality performances from an instrument that is seldom featured as a solo instrument."

Then, on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium, the original 1925 silent film, "The Phantom of the Opera," will be shown with organ accompaniment improvised live. The movie stars Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin and features Southern Miss associate professor of theory, Dr. Douglas Rust, at the organ.

"In the era of silent movies, musicians improvised the soundtrack live at each showing of a film," said Rust. "This event recreates that dynamic and it promises to be a fun event themed for Halloween."

This Southern Miss Halloween tradition fills up quickly and seating is first-come, first-serve.

For more information, contact Dr. Rust at or 601.266.5126 or visit: