School Of Music To Celebrate 100 Years Of Granting Music Degrees With Gala 'Collage' Concert

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Jan. 7, 2004

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's School of Music will celebrate a significant milestone this month - 100 years of conferring music degrees - with a gala benefit concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Waco Hall on the Baylor campus.

The "Collage: Degrees of Excellence" Gala will feature all performance areas of the School of Music, including orchestras, bands, choirs, small ensembles, soloists, faculty and students in one memorable evening. However, the "Collage" performances will be presented in rapid sequence, with a coordinated lighting scheme that will direct attention to "where the action is." There also will be no delay in between the various selections -- not even enough time for applause, said Dr. Will V. May, dean of the School of Music.

"Only in that way can the comprehensive nature of the Baylor School of Music be showcased in a single concert," May said. "It will be a music-filled, fast-paced evening of grand entertainment, leaving members of the audience impressed and thrilled by what they see and hear."

The dictionary defines collage as "an assembly of diverse fragments or a work having disparate scenes in rapid succession without transitions." Accordingly, Baylor's Collage will showcase the excellence of the musical resources within the School of Music, in a single evening, as the audience's attention turns from stage to stage, performer to performer, without pause.

Tickets for the Collage Concert are $25 each and may be reserved by calling Linda Dreyer at (254) 710-1161. Proceeds will benefit School of Music scholarships and programs.

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