Joyce Jones Featured in Baylor Symphony Concert

Jan. 28, 1998

When Joyce Jones first played with the San Francisco Symphony, the tickets cost $50 each and the performance was sold out months in advance. Waco residents have the opportunity to hear Dr. Jones for free as she plays with the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra in one of the world's best-known showpieces for organ and orchestra, Joseph Jongen's "Symphonie Concertante."

The performance, which will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jones Concert Hall, will be conducted by J. Christopher Buddo, assistant professor of double bass and conducting. Jones also will play solo organ pieces by Marcel Dupré (Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Op. 7, No. 1), Seth Bingham ("Roulade"), and Max Reger (Fantasy and Fugue on "Wachet auf, ruft uns di Stimme").

Jones, who is the Organist-in-Residence and the Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music at Baylor, is an internationally known concert organist, having played in 44 states and 12 foreign countries. In 1997, the National Federation of Music Clubs presented her with its highest honor, a national citation "in recognition and sincere appreciation of her unselfish devotion and dedicated service to music as a concert organist, inspiring teacher and composer." Last season she was featured at two international organ festivals in Mexico and presented workshops and concerts in Korea and Canada. Later this spring she will return to play in Japan.

After she played four concerts in New York City at the American Guild of Organists centennial convention, The American Organist magazine reconized Jones for her "stunning technique."

Presented as part of Baylor's Fourth Annual Midwinter Organ Conference, the concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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