President's Concert Set for May 1April 28, 1999
The 1999 President's Concert, titled "An American Salute," will bepresented in Jones Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. It will feature the BaylorWind Ensemble, conducted by director of bands Michael Haithcock, alongwith guest artists Krassimira Jordan, Lynda Keith McKnight and Grant Teaff.
The concert is one of Baylor's premier musical events of the year.
Morton Gould's "American Salute" will open the program. Written in 1943,it makes use of the familiar tune "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." TheWind Ensemble will perform "Niagara Falls" by the eclectic MichaelDaugherty, a popular contemporary composer who, as part of the Lyceum Series,performed several of his works at Baylor in the fall of 1992.
Krassimira Jordan, professor of piano and Artist-in-Residence, will bethe soloist in the original version for jazz orchestra of George Gershwin'smost famous work, "Rhapsody in Blue." Later orchestrated by Ferde Grof+,the first of Gershwin's two rhapsodies was premiered in 1924 by Gershwinhimself with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
American composer Dan Welcher now resides in Austin. The Baylor WindEnsemble will perform his Symphony No. 3, "Shaker Life," which utilizesseveral Shaker tunes as its principal themes.
Soprano Lynda Keith McKnight, assistant professor of vocal studies atBaylor, will sing Composer Luigi Zaninelli's arrangements of "Four AmericanHymns." This set includes "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," "Give Me That OldTime Religion," "Amazing Grace" and "We Shall Gather at the River." Zaninelli is on the music faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi inHattiesburg.
Concluding the program will be Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," whichdates from 1942 and contains excerpts from the speeches and letters ofAbraham Lincoln. Serving as narrator will be Grant Teaff, former headfootball coach and athletic director at Baylor who now is director of theAmerican Football Coaches Association.
General admission tickets are priced at $5. For ticket information, callthe Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.