Baylor University’s 2017-2018 Lyceum Series will open with a concert of chamber music by American composer and trumpeter Anthony Plog on Tuesday, September 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Anthony Plog began studying music at the age of ten, and by the age of nineteen he was playing extra trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Claudio Abbado. His first orchestral position was Principal Trumpet with the San Antonio Symphony and was followed by a two-year stint with the Utah Symphony as Associate Principal. Then he pursued a solo and composition career in Los Angeles, playing with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony and performing in the film studios. Mr. Plog toured as a soloist throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and he has made chamber music an important part of his musical life.
In 1990, he moved to Europe to perform with the Malmö Symphony in Sweden, and from 1993 to 2013 was Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. During this time, he played with the Basel Symphony in Switzerland and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic. He also taught at the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Plog retired from the concert stage in 2001 in order to pursue a full-time composition career.
Anthony Plog’s Baylor concert will open with the first movement of his Suite for Six Trumpets. Jeffrey Powers and In-Ja Eshelman will perform Mr. Plog’s Nocturne for Horn and Piano, and the Baylor Woodwind Quintet will follow with the five-movement Animal Ditties VI.
Also to be heard are Anthony Plog’s Octet for Brass and Nocturne for Tuba and Piano, with Kent Eshelman and In-Ja Eshelman. Concluding the program will be Baylor Brass to perform Mr. Plog’s Four Sketches for Brass Quintet.
This Lyceum Series concert, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.