The Baylor Concert Orchestra Plays on April 29April 28, 1998
by Richard Veit
The Baylor University Concert Orchestra will present its spring performance at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
This 35-member ensemble is normally conducted by Stephen Heyde, the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence. However, during Heyde's sabbatical leave, the orchestra is under the direction of J. Christopher Buddo, assistant professor of double bass and conducting.
The program will open with the Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3, by George Frideric Handel. This work comes from a set of six composed by Handel around 1734. The Baylor Concert Orchestra's performance will feature soloist Shelley Book, a senior flute major from Worcester, Vt.
English composer Gordon Jacob (1895-1984), perhaps best known for his popular orchestrations of piano music by Chopin (Les Sylphides), Schumann (Carnaval) and Liszt, will be represented on this concert by his Fantasia on the Alleluia Hymn.
The concert will conclude with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453, with Jimmy Chiang doubling as both conductor and piano soloist. Chiang, a sophomore piano performance major from Hong Kong, composed the first-movement cadenza that he will be playing with the Baylor Concert Orchestra.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public.