Wind Ensemble Performs Oct. 29

Oct. 24, 2004

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Wind Ensemble will present its second program of the 2004-2005 concert season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Director of Bands Kevin Sedatole will be the principal conductor.

The concert will open with Ludwig van Beethoven's most prominent piece for military band, the March in F Major. Commonly known as the "Yorck'scher March," it was composed in 1809 and thoroughly revised 13 years later.

German composer Paul Hindemith's Geschwindmarsch is based on thematic material from Beethoven's "Yorck'scher March." In its original form, for symphony orchestra, it served as the second movement of Hindemith's Symphonia serena. The composer reduced it for orchestral winds in 1946. Graduate assistant Christopher Bailey will conduct.

Another Hindemith work will be heard next: his Konzertmusik fnr Blasorchester, Op. 41, a three-movement composition dating from 1926. An overture is followed by six variations on the song "Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter," and then a march. The conductor will be Assistant Director of Bands Christopher Bianco.

The program will conclude with American composer Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble, as arranged by Andrew Boysen, Jr. The percussion section is massive and contains not just the classical and Janissary instruments, but nearly every modern trick and tool in the book. The soloist, under Sedatole's baton, will be Todd Meehan, director of percussion studies.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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