A pair of the Baylor University School of Music’s major instrumental ensembles, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, September 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Symphonic Band is led by Associate Director of Bands Isaiah Odajima, while the Wind Ensemble performs under the baton of Director of Bands J. Eric Wilson.
Opening the program will be the Symphonic Band with a set of seven “Courtly Dances” from English composer Benjamin Britten’s 1953 opera, Gloriana.
Next will come the Symphonic Movement of 1966 by Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel and then American composer John Zdechlik’s Celebrations from 1988.
Following intermission, the Wind Ensemble will present the First Suite in E-flat for Military Band by English composer Gustav Holst. Dating from 1909, this three-movement work was said to have marked a new epoch for the wind band literature.
Also to be heard is the Wind Ensemble’s performance of Serenity by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo. Originally conceived as a choral piece, Serenity, was jointly arranged for wind band in 2014 by the composer himself and Dr. Wilson.
The program will close with a lively, programmatic piece by English composer Malcolm Arnold. Tam o’Shanter was written for orchestra, in tribute to Scottish poet Robert Burns, and premiered by the Royal Philharmonic in 1955. John Paynter adapted it for band in 1991.
This concert by the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble is presented free of charge and open to the public. For more information, you may call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.