Wind Ensemble to Perform Feb. 2

Jan. 30, 1996

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's Wind Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in Jones Concert Hall. The program will be conducted by Michael Haithcock, professor of conducting and director of bands.

Opening the concert will be Michael Daugherty's 1991 salute to the late Desi Arnaz, who for many years starred with his wife, Lucille Ball, on television's popular "I Love Lucy" series. "Desi" is scored for symphonic winds, and features a Latin sound punctuated by big band trumpets, trombone slides, and the characteristic drums of Cuban dance bands.

Another concert highlight will be Mark Camphouse's "A Movement for Rosa," which depicts the life of Rosa Parks, who was arrested in 1955 for refusing to relinquish her seat to a white man on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Ala. Her act of defiance helped to trigger the civil rights movement.

David Jackson, Baylor's newly appointed assistant professor of trombone, will be the soloist in Launy Grondahl's Trombone Concerto of 1924. Jackson's performance of this work at the 1993 Aspen Music Festival earned him the honor of "Concerto Winner."

Friday night's concert will also present an arrangement by Friedrich Wanek of five excerpts from Carl Orff's famous "Carmina Burana" (conducted by Gerald Luckhardt, assistant professor and associate director of bands at Baylor), the Symphony in B-flat by Paul Hindemith (conducted by Mallory Thompson, professor of music and director of wind studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music), and Morton Gould's patriotic "American Salute."

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 755-3991.

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