Baylor University School of Music Presents Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert

Sept. 12, 2011

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Baylor University School of Music's Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform in a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Jones Concert Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Led by Dr. Isaiah Odajima, associate director of bands at Baylor, the Symphonic Band will open the concert with the third movement, "Apollo Unleashed," from Frank Ticheli's 2003 Symphony No. 2, followed by David Maslanka's 2005 piece "Give us This Day." Maslanka calls the piece, which was inspired by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, a "short symphony for wind ensemble."

The Symphonic Band will continue the concert with Sergei Prokofiev's March, Op. 99. Prokofiev wrote the piece in 1943, six years after his return to the Soviet Union from the United States.

Following intermission, the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Eric Wilson, director of bands at Baylor, will perform Michael Gandolfi's 2010 "Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme." The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

The program will conclude with the Wind Ensemble's performances of Warren Benson's 1964 piece "The Leaves Are Falling," followed by Donald Grantham's 1999 "J'ai été au bal," a celebration of Louisiana music styles, including Cajun and the brass band tradition of New Orleans.

The McCrary Music Building is at 100 Baylor Ave.

For more information, call the School of Music at (254) 710-3991 or click here.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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