Wind Ensemble To Perform Nov. 19 At Baylor

Nov. 15, 2001

by Richard Veit

The Baylor University Wind Ensemble will present its second concert of the fall semester at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in Jones Concert Hall. The Wind Ensemble performs under the direction of Jeffrey Grogan, assistant professor and acting director of bands.

The program will open with R. Mark Rogers's transcription for band of the overture to Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Forza del Destino. Soprano Marjorie Owens will sing the fourth of Gustav Mahler's five Rnckert Songs, titled "Um Mitternacht" ("At Midnight").

Darius Milhaud wrote Suite Française in 1945 as a tribute to the Allied soldiers who fought for the liberation of France during World War II. Its movements describe the five French provinces where some of the heaviest fighting of the war took place.

The Wind Ensemble will perform two folk-song settings by Australian composer Percy Grainger -- "Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon" and "Country Gardens." Matthew O. Smith will conduct the Grainger pieces. Music for Prague 1968, one of Czech composer Karel Husa's works, will follow.

Concluding the program will be a performance of the Pas Redoubieé quick-step march of Camille Saint-Saëns. Originally written for piano, four-hands, in 1887, Arthur Frackenpohl transcribed it for band.

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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