Guest Carillonneur to Perform Oct. 25

Oct. 20, 1998

by Richard Veit

George Gregory, carillonneur and organist at Central Christian Church in San Antonio, will present the sixth program in Baylor University's McLane Carillon 10th Anniversary Recital Series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

The McLane Carillon, a gift of the Drayton McLane family and the McLane Co., is located in the tower of Pat Neff Hall on the Baylor campus. One of fewer than 200 carillons in North America having a full four-octave range, it was dedicated during Homecoming festivities in 1988, when Gregory was the guest carillonneur.

Gregory's recital will open with selections from that inaugural program of 10 years ago -- "Pavane and Galliarde" from the 16th century; the Poe Suite of Robert Kleinschmidt, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Bells; and an arrangement of "Schoen' Rosmarin" by Fritz Kreisler.

Also on the recital will be Theophil Rusterholz's arrangement of "Once to Every Man and Nation" by Thomas Williams, Sketch No. 1 for Carillon by Ronald Barnes, "The Bells of Cuzco" by Alice Gómez, and a medley of Texan folktunes--"Beautiful Texas," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" and "Texas, Our Texas."

Concluding the program will be Ira Schroeder's arrangement of the familiar "Wiener Blut" by Johann Strauss, Jr., "On the San Antonio River" by Robert Byrnes, the hymn "The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended" and "Evening Prayer" from Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel.

The recital is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, listeners are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and printed programs will be distributed on Founders Mall in front of Pat Neff Hall. For more information, call Baylor School of Music at 710-3991. The final event on the McLane Carillon Tenth Anniversary Recital Series will feature carillonneur Loyd Lott on November 6.

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