Halloween celebrations in Pratt can take many forms, including the opportunity to hear a live performance of classical Halloween music. The Kansas Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra will present a family Halloween concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at the First United Methodist Church.


Halloween celebrations in Pratt can take many forms, including the opportunity to hear a live performance of classical Halloween music. The Kansas Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra will present a family Halloween concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at the First United Methodist Church.

The concert will feature a powerful coloratura soprano, KWU assistant professor Leslie Mangrum as Queen of the Night. Classical Halloween favorites such as Saint-Saens “Danse Macabre” and Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” as well as selections from the children’s movie “Harry Potter” will be performed.

The concert is a part of the McCaslin Series, established through an endowment by the late Glen McCaslin to bring live performances to Pratt. Because of his generosity, the concerts are always free to the public, said Nancy Kerr, a member of the committee that coordinates two or more events each year.

Although the former Prattan’s gift was made to the First United Methodist Church, concerts are not necessarily religious in nature. A wide variety of musicians, from soloists to small ensembles and large choirs and orchestras have performed in Pratt.

Born in Greensburg, McCaslin moved to Pratt with his family when he was six years old. He considered Pratt his home, even though his military service during World War II and afterwards as a military publication writer for the government, kept him far away. He returned to Pratt after retirement and lived here until his death in 1993.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club and the Pratt Community Concert Association, which he served as president and publicity chairman.

 

His love of music and live performances prompted a gift to his hometown that will bring enjoyment to others for years to come.