The Wind Ensemble in Concert, with Composer Ola Gjeilo

December 3, 2014
Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo will be in attendance when the Baylor University Wind Ensemble performs on Monday, December 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Wind Ensemble is led by Director of Bands J. Eric Wilson, and this concert is a preview of the ensemble’s Midwest Tour program. The Baylor Wind Ensemble is the only university band in the United States to be invited to perform at this month’s 68th-annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Opening the Baylor concert will be the “Apollo Unleashed” movement from Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 2, dating from 2003.
Ola Gjeilo’s Serenity, set to the responsorial chant “O magnum mysterium,” was originally scored for mixed chorus and solo violin or cello. The version for wind band was arranged by Dr. Wilson and the composer himself.
Leonard Bernstein’s MASS was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Suite from MASS was arranged by Michael Sweeney for brass quintet and full ensemble. The quintet in the Wind Ensemble’s performance will be the faculty group Baylor Brass: trumpeters Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert, hornist Jeffrey Powers, trombonist Brent Phillips, and tubist Kent Eshelman.
Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat, dating from 1909, was originally written for military band, and the full score with additional parts was not published until after Holst’s death.
American composer David Maslanka wrote Liberation in 2010 for the Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference. The music is a powerful evocation of hope.
To close the program, the Wind Ensemble will play Japanese composer Chang Su Koh’s Dithyrambos from 2006.
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.
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