Annual President's Concert Will Feature Fireworks for First Time

April 22, 2010

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The Baylor University President's Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the Fountain Mall, the grassy area which extends across the Baylor campus from Fifth Street to Moody Library.

The President's Concert has been a Baylor tradition for nearly a quarter of a century. For the first time the event will be presented in an outdoor setting, including fireworks to add an extra layer of percussion to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde will be lead the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor University Choral Union and two guest artists from the Baylor University voice faculty, tenor Randall Umstead and baritone Robert Best. The singers will present "Au fond du temple saint" from Georges Bizet's 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers.

Singers also will perform "Polovetsian Dances" from Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor, selections from Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, operatic highlights from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto and Gaetano Donizetti's Le fille du régiment, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and two pieces from the pen of film composer John Williams: the Liberty Fanfare and the overture to a John Wayne movie from 1972, The Cowboys.

The event is free and open to the public. The audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

In case of rain, the 2010 President's Concert will be moved to Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building Glennis at 110 Baylor Ave. in Waco.

For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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