Baylor Concert Band Performs on MondayFeb. 24, 1998
by Richard Veit
Baylor University's Concert Band will present the first of its two spring concerts at
7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Concert Band is conducted by Jeffrey Grogan, assistant professor and associate director of bands.
"Americans We," one of the most familiar of all non-Sousa American marches, which was written in 1929 by Henry Fillmore, will open the program. Graduate conductor Mark Turner, the leader of this year's Courtside Players, will conduct the Fillmore march.
Anton Bruckner wrote "Three Preludes for Organ" in 1836, but the Concert Band will present them in an arrangement by Timothy Broege that remains faithful to the original concept. American composer Reber Clark wrote his "Hymn of St. James" as a modernistic response to the traditional French advent carol, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence." The Bruckner and Clark selections will be led by graduate conductor Barry Kraus.
"With Quiet Courage" is a very personal piece by Wisconsin composer Larry Daehn, written to honor the memory of his mother who passed away in 1995 following a valiant struggle with ill health and the hardships of midwestern farm life.
Concluding the Concert Band's performance will be Clifton Williams' "Symphonic Dance No. 3," which is known simply as "Fiesta." Originally written to mark the San Antonio Symphony's silver anniversary in 1965, it was re-scored two years later for band by the composer.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be followed immediately by a performance by the Symphonic Band. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.