Baylor School of Music Featured in Inaugural Concert

April 14, 2006

Contact Dick Veit, School of Music concert and promotions manager (254) 710-3991

Several of Baylor University's finest ensembles, vocal soloists and conductors from the School of Music will present an inaugural concert in honor of Dr. John M. Lilley's inauguration as Baylor's 13th president at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Waco Hall.

The program will open with the Baylor Wind Ensemble, led by Director of Bands Kevin Sedatole. The acclaimed ensemble will perform the Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare of Richard Strauss, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen and then Baron Cimetière's Mambo by Donald Grantham.

The Baylor Opera Theater and Orchestra, led by Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Ensembles Christopher Buddo, will perform the final scene from Giacomo Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi, followed by the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor-in-Residence and Director of Orchestral Activities Stephen Heyde, which will present the opening movement of Bohemian composer Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

An attractive collection of works for mixed choirs will conclude the evening's festivities. Director of Choral Activities Donald Bailey will lead the A Cappella Choir in "God of Life" from Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Seasons, and mezzo-soprano Abigail Coy will join that remarkable choral ensemble in Keith Hampton's "True Light." The Choral Union and Baylor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Bailey, will present "The Promise of Living" from Aaron Copland's opera The Tender Land and then "The Heavens Are Telling" from Haydn's oratorio The Creation. The A Cappella Choir's accompanist is Eric Mathis.

The John M. Lilley Inaugural Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

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