The Baylor Symphony Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, October 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde will lead the orchestra in a program of music by American composer John Corigliano, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
The concert will open with Corigliano’s Promenade Overture. Corigliano wrote this concert overture in 1981, using the theme of Franz Joseph Haydn’s celebrated “Farewell” Symphony, but played in retrograde to assemble the orchestra on an almost empty stage.
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543, is the first of Mozart’s final three symphonies, all composed in rapid succession in the summer of 1788. Considered a true test of the string section, the work holds a place of great importance in the core symphonic repertoire.
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, also in E-flat, breaks from the grand tradition of ninth symphonies, originated by Beethoven, in that the work is smaller and lighter in scale. The composer once wrote, “In character, the Ninth Symphony differs sharply from my preceding symphonies, the Seventh and the Eighth. If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates.” Woodwind textures and solos are prominently featured in the work.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.