The Baylor University Campus Orchestra will present its next concert on Monday, February 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. This ensemble, conducted by Associate Professor of String Music Education Michael Alexander, is comprised of thirty-three talented Baylor students, whose majors range across virtually every discipline that the university offers.
Entitled “Music for Chamber Orchestra,” the concert includes music by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, German composer Felix Mendelssohn, and English composer Benjamin Britten.
Opening the program will be Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531, featuring soloists Joy Hoang and Seth Emig. This is the only concerto for two cellos and that Vivaldi wrote. It was likely composed in the 1720s for the all-girl orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, where he held a four-decade association.
Next, the Campus Orchestra will play two movements from the set of incidental music that Mendelssohn wrote for a stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After the great success of the composer’s Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia asked him to write music for the entire Shakespeare play. Mendelssohn complied with thirteen additional pieces, of which the “Intermezzo” and “Nocturne” were to be performed between acts.
The concert will close with Britten’s Simple Symphony, Op. 4, which was completed in 1933, when the composer was twenty years old. Each movement is based upon childhood piano pieces that Britten wrote between the ages of nine and twelve. Its four movements are: “Boisterous Bourrée,” “Playful Pizzicato,” “Sentimental Saraband,” and “Frolicsome Finale.”
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.