The School of Music’s Distinguished Artist Series will present acclaimed trumpeter Andrew Balio in a performance with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra on Monday, October 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Baylor Symphony is led by Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde.
Andrew Balio was appointed principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He has also served as principal trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. As a soloist, Mr. Balio has appeared worldwide under such conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Yuri Temirkanov, Gennady Rozdestvensky, and Günther Herbig.
On his Baylor concert, Andrew Balio will be the soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major. Haydn wrote his Trumpet Concerto in 1796 for Anton Weidinger, a friend of the composer and a member of the Viennese Court Orchestra. Weidinger had recently invented what he called an “organized trumpet” (organisirte Trompete), which has several keyed holes in its bore. Johann Nepomuk Hummel also wrote a brilliant concerto for this instrument.
Also to be heard on the program is the late American composer (and Baylor alumnus) Steven Stucky’s Son et Lumière (“Sound and Light”) from 1989. Dr. Stucky said this piece was intended to be tonal and accessible throughout, “an orchestral entertainment whose subject is the play of colors, bright surfaces, and shimmering textures.”
Closing the Baylor concert will be Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s most famous orchestral work, his Symphony No. 4 (“The Inextinguishable”) from 1916. Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” Symphony conveys the idea that life can overcome any obstacle.
Purchase tickets online by visiting the Baylor University box office or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff are $10. For further ticket information, call the BDSC at 254-710-3210.