The Baylor University School of Music will present a concert in memory of Laura Ezinwa Onwudinanti and John Patrick “Jack” Stewart on Sunday, September 7, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. These two Baylor clarinet students, both of whom studied with Assistant Professor of Clarinet Jun Qian, died in a truck accident on July 29, while en route to a clarinet competition in Louisiana.
Laura Onwudinanti, from Grand Prairie, graduated from Baylor in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Jack Stewart, from Dallas, had completed his freshman year at Baylor at the time of his death.
Opening the memorial concert will be clarinetist Jun Qian and pianist Brian Marks with the slow movement, “Lento, quasi andante,” from Joseph Horovitz’s Clarinet Sonatina of 1981.
Strings of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde, will perform the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.
Director of Choral Activities Alan Raines will conduct the Baylor University A Cappella Choir in the Mack Wilberg arrangement of “My Shepherd will Supply My Need.”
Dr. Qian will lead the Baylor Clarinet Choir in a setting of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in G minor, K. 30.
Next, the Baylor University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Director of Bands J. Eric Wilson, will play his own arrangement of Serenity by Ola Gjeilo.
The A Cappella Choir will sing “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace.”
Concluding the program will be Dr. Wilson’s setting of “Amazing Grace,” as performed by the Baylor Clarinet Quartet.
The memorial concert is open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.