Baylor Symphonic Band Presents Monday Concert

Feb. 24, 1998

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's Symphonic Band will present the first of its two spring concerts at

8 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Jeffrey Grogan, assistant professor and associate director of bands.

The concert will open with British composer Philip Sparke's "Celebration," which was written for and premiered by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in June of 1992.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck's "Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein Ende'" was originally intended for organ, but the Symphonic Band will play it in an arrangement for winds, brass and percussion by Ramon L. Ricker.

Composer Fisher Tull, who was born in Waco in 1934 and died four years ago, served for many years as chairman of the music department at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. His "Sketches on a Tudor Psalm," based on a 16th-century theme by Thomas Tallis, will be played under the baton of director of bands Michael Haithcock.

The six-movement "Lincolnshire Posy" is Percy Grainger's treatment of authentic folktunes that he gathered in the early 1900s with the aid of a phonograph.

Concluding the program will be Dmitri Shostakovich's "Folk Festival," which is heard in the Russian composer's "Jazz Suite No. 2" and also the film "The Gadfly."

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by a performance at

7 p.m. by The Concert Band. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at

710-3991.

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