A pair of the Baylor University School of Music’s major instrumental ensembles, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, September 14, 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’s performance of X by Daniel Montoya, Jr. This 2013 piece, without further title, is a game that hints at the identities of nine other composers besides himself (totaling ten, numerically represented by the Roman “X”), with hidden references woven into the tapestry of sound.
Next, the band will play À La Machaut by Andrew Boss, a piece from 2015 that integrates thematic material from three works of the great Medieval composer, Guillaume de Machaut, and adds a colorfully modern touch.
Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture dates from 2008. Its title refers to the place of its premiere, the Sydney Opera House, with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments hanging directly above the performance stage. The thematic material comes from a nineteenth-century Shaker song, a traditional Hebrew song of peace, and a sixteenth-century Genevan psalter.
Following intermission, the Wind Ensemble will present Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. This 1954 orchestral piece will be heard in a band transcription by Donald Hunsberger.
Until his retirement in 2014, John Stevens worked for nearly thirty years on the music faculty as Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Benediction was written for the Sotto Voce Quartet in 2002 and set for band eight years later.
The program will close with Clare Grundman’s band arrangement of six movements from Leonard Bernstein’s sparkling 1956 musical, Candide.
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.