Baylor Concert Orchestra Performs Tuesday

Nov. 16, 1998

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Concert Orchestra will present their fall concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Leading the orchestra will be Stephen Heyde, the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies, director of orchestral activities, and Conductor-in-Residence. The concert will feature performances of two works, one dating from the 1920s and the other from the late 18th century.

Ernest Bloch wrote two compositions titled "Concerto Grosso," one scored for string orchestra with piano obbligato (1925), and the other for string quartet and string orchestra (1952). It is the earlier of the pair that will be heard on the Baylor program. The Concert Orchestra will perform the first and last movements of this four-movement work. Jimmy Chiang, a junior piano major from Hong Kong will appear as soloist.

Concluding the concert will be the Symphony No. 92 in G major of Franz Joseph Haydn. This is the last of Haydn's symphonies to be written prior to the celebrated set of 12, now known collectively as the "London Symphonies." The G major Symphony was composed and premiered in 1788. It is known as the "Oxford" Symphony because it was later performed on the occasion of Haydn's acceptance of an honorary doctor of music degree from Oxford University in July 1791. It is in the usual four movements, with the opening Allegro spiritoso being preceded by a slow introduction.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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