Baylor Symphony To Celebrate The Copland Centennial Nov. 14

Nov. 10, 2000

by Richard Veit

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra will present an Aaron Copland concert on the late composer's 100th birthday at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Jones Concert Hall in the McCrary Music Building. Stephen Heyde, director of orchestral activities and conductor-in-residence, will conduct.

The concert will open with Copland's Quiet City, a short piece for English horn, trumpet and strings that is based on incidental music he wrote for Irwin Shaw's play of the same name.

Next, graduate student Eduardo Espinel will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Copland's suite from the 1954 opera The Tender Land. Though the opera itself has never been a major success, the orchestral suite has generated a life of its own. The final movement, "The Promise of Living," is one of the composer's most lyrical creations.

Following intermission, the 96-member orchestra will perform Copland's Third Symphony, a four-movement work written during the closing years of World War II. Those familiar with Aaron Copland's music will recognize that the finale ("Molto deliberato") contains his popular Fanfare for the Common Man.

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

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