The Baylor University Symphonic Band will present its second concert of the fall semester on Monday, November 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This seventy-four-member ensemble of brass, woodwind, and percussion players is conducted by Baylor’s Associate Director of Bands, Isaiah Odajima.
Opening the program will be a work that has been regarded as a band standard ever since its premiere in 1911, English composer Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F. There are four movements, each inspired by folk songs and folk dances of the British Isles. Assistant Director of Bands Philip Obado will guest conduct.
English composer Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles was written in 1959. The “old wine” in the title refers to the folk songs on which the four movements are based. The “new bottles” are the creative melodic treatments, the unexpected harmonies, and the new life breathed into these old melodies. Leading the band will be graduate conductor Stephanie Colburn.
American composer Frank Ticheli is Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. According to Dr. Ticheli, his Sanctuary, dating from 2006, “The word “sanctuary” … can imply a place of solitude, comfort, rest, prayer, protection. It can suggest a place that is strong and imposing or one that is very small and private. I believe all of these images are suggested at one point or another in the music.”
Another contemporary American composer, David Maslanka, wrote his Testament in late 2001, during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9-11. “Out of the initial stunned confusion,” he said, “has come my firm conviction that making music is now more important than ever.”
The program will close with popular American composer Michael Daugherty’s Desi from 1991. The work is a tribute to Desi Arnaz, who played Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo alongside his wife, Lucille Ball, in the 1950s television classic, “I Love Lucy.”
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.