Baylor School Of Music To Perform 'Concert for Haiti'

Jan. 25, 2010

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Faculty and students of the Baylor University School of Music will present a concert to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted by the Salvation Army.

Members of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble and the A Cappella Choir will perform in concert, under the direction of Baylor music professors Eric Wilson, Jann Cosart, Alfredo Colman, Alex Parker, Alan Raines and Stephen Heyde.

Heyde, Baylor's Conductor-in-Residence and the conductor and music director of the Waco Symphony Orchestra, said the program will include diverse styles from the Renaissance Period to a new piece by Dr. Scott McAllister, Baylor's Composer-in-Residence.

"This will be an unusual opportunity to hear a tremendous variety of short pieces from several of Baylor's top ensembles, while also supporting a very worthwhile project," Heyde said.

The concert was initiated through discussions by faculty and students desiring to respond to the ongoing human suffering following the Jan. 12 tragedy in Haiti.

Heyde approached student trumpet player Manuel Múñoz, who is active in the Salvation Army, to see if that organization might welcome the idea.

"Manny was excited about the potential for such a concert and told me that the Salvation Army has been in Haiti since 1950 and has set up hospitals, children's homes, schools and other establishments that need our help now more than ever."

Other student organizations have followed suit, offering expressions of support and help for the project.

"It is at times like this, when our students show their great compassion and hearts for service, that I realize more than ever how fortunate I am to work with them," Heyde said.

For more information, please call (254) 710-3991. Seating is limited, but the concert is not a ticketed event.

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