Two Baylor Bands in Joint Concert

February 25, 2015
A pair of the Baylor University School of Music’s major instrumental ensembles, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, will perform on Tuesday, March 3, 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 Australian-American composer Percy Grainger’s Handel in the Strand from 1912. Originally for orchestra, its band arrangement was done by John Philip Sousa.
Maurice Ravel’s La vallée des cloches (“The Valley of the Bells”) dates from 1905, the final movement from his Miroirs for piano solo.
American composer Morton Gould wrote his American Salute during 1942, at the request of a radio program producer who wanted a patriotic piece. Gould chose to base it on the familiar tune “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
Following intermission, the Wind Ensemble will present a work by American composer Richard L. Saucedo, his Windsprints from 2004. This piece goes at a fast clip, with dazzling flourishes and intense percussion. Graduate student Stephanie Colburn will conduct.
Percy Grainger’s setting of the Scottish folk song Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon dates from 1901. Bonnie Doon is a river that flows past Alloway, the hometown of poet Robert Burns, who supplied words to the folk melody. Graduate student Eric Williams will conduct.
Closing the program will be Keith Wilson’s transcription of Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by German-American composer Paul Hindemith. Originally conceived for orchestra in 1943, Wilson transcribed it for band in 1962.
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.
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