Concert Band Plays on March 1Feb. 24, 1999
by Richard Veit
Baylor University's Concert Band will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, in Jones Concert Hall. The 98-member Concert Band performs under the direction of Mark Turner, a graduate conducting student who also serves Baylor during basketball season as director of the Courtside Players.
The Concert Band will play four pieces, starting with the first movement ("March") of Gordon Jacob's "An Original Suite." This dates from 1928, when Jacob had just begun his
40-year tenure at the Royal College of Music in London.
Next will come Bruce Houseknecht's band arrangement of a choral work, "Salvation Is Created," by Russian composer Pavel Tschesnokoff.
W. Francis McBeth has served as professor of music, resident composer and chairman of the theory-composition department at Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Ark., since 1957. His "Daniel in the Lion's Den" for tuba and concert band was written for tubist Daniel Perantoni to perform at its premiere in March 1992. The soloist for the Baylor Concert Band will be Angelo Manzo, a graduate student from Tacoma, Wash.
Concluding the concert will be "Fanfare and Allegro" by J. Clifton Williams, who taught for many years at The University of Texas at Austin before becoming chairman of the department of theory-composition at the University of Miami's School of Music. "Fanfare and Allegro" was the first composition to win the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award for original band literature in 1956.
The concert is free and open to the public. A concert by Baylor's Symphonic Band will follow at 8 p.m. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.