Baylor Symphony Orchestra To Play On Oct. 3

Sept. 28, 2000

by Richard Veit

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the fall semester at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Jones Concert Hall. The 94-member orchestra is conducted by Professor Stephen Heyde, director of orchestral studies and Conductor-in-Residence.

Graduate conductor Eduardo Espinel will conduct the opening piece, the Tragic Overture by Johannes Brahms, written in 1880 as an "overture to a tragedy."

Next will come one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most stirring orchestral works, the Symphony No. 38 in D major. This splendid composition, known as the "Prague" Symphony in honor of the city in which it was both commissioned and premiered, dates from the year 1787.

Concluding the concert will be Maurice Ravel's famous orchestrated version of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. Written as a piano suite in memory of artist Victor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition has become even more popular in its orchestral guise, particularly in the arrangement by Ravel. It is in 10 movements, separated at key points by a "Promenade" theme, which depicts the composer strolling through the exhibition hall as he views his late friend's artistic legacy. Mussorgsky completed the piano suite in 1874, and Ravel's orchestral treatment appeared nearly a half-century later.

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

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