Isabelle Demers Premieres Organ Variations on the Baylor Song

September 24, 2014
Isabelle Demers, Assistant Professor of Organ at Baylor University, will present a faculty recital on Thursday, October 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Her program will feature the premiere of Rachel Laurin’s set of variations on the Baylor school song.
Opening the recital will be the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 60, of German composer Max Reger, a three-movement work from 1901.
Next, Dr. Demers will perform another minor-key, three-movement composition, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Trio-Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526. It dates from around the year 1730.
Felix Mendelssohn wrote thirteen pieces of incidental music to a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1842. Some sixteen years earlier, while still a teenager, he had written a splendid concert overture that was inspired by this same play. Isabelle Demers will play her own organ transcription of the witty and frolicsome “Scherzo” movement.
The program will conclude with the world premiere of American composer/organist Rachel Laurin’s Op. 72, her Variations for Solo Pedal on “That Good Old Baylor Line.” This set was conceived as a theme and twelve variations. The melody, based on “In the Good Old Summer Time,” is then varied in a series of moods or attitudes: “Modest,” “Rational,” “Authoritative,” “Nostalgic,” “Mischievous,” “Show-off,” “Pessimistic/Optimistic,” “Choleric,” “Naïve,” “Eccentric,” “Nonchalant,” and, finally, the rousing “Con bravura.”
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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