Dean's Inaugural Concert Series Continues Sept. 22Sept. 21, 2000
by Richard Veit
The second of three concerts in the Baylor University Dean's Inaugural Concert Series will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday in Jones Concert Hall. Michael Haithcock, professor of conducting and director of bands, will conduct the wind ensemble, and the featured soloist will be baritone John Van Cura, professor of vocal studies.
The program will open with the overture to Dmitri Kabalevsky's 1938 opera, Colas Breugnon. The world premiere of Passing Measures by Paul Richards, a work commissioned by the wind ensemble earlier this year, will follow.
Australian composer Percy Grainger wrote his six-movement Lincolnshire Posy in 1937. The work is dedicated to the "old folk singers who sang so sweetly to me."
Following intermission, the wind ensemble will perform the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Serenade No. 10 under the direction of guest conductor J. Christopher Buddo, associate professor of double bass and conducting.
Also to be heard are four songs by American composer Charles Ives, as sung by Van Cura, and then the playful Fantasie Humoresque on "Yankee Doodle" by David Wallis Reeves, a Civil War band director and close friend of George Ives, the father of Charles Ives. Closing the concert will be music by America's march king, John Philip Sousa.
Beginning at 7:15 p.m., a special half-hour lecture will be given by Baylor professor Ralph Wood on the songs of Charles Ives in Meadows Recital Hall.
The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. For ticket information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.