Two of Baylor University’s ensembles, the Campus Orchestra and the Symphonic Band, will perform a joint concert on Monday, October 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The orchestra is conducted by Michael Alexander, Associate Professor of String Music Education, and the band is led by Isaiah Odajima, Associate Professor of Ensembles.
The 79-member Campus Orchestra will open the program with the Danse Macabre, Op. 40, of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. This tone poem was written in 1874 and premiered the following year. According to legend, “Death” appears at midnight on each Halloween. Skeletons are heard, too, until they scurry back to their graves for another year.
Next, guest conductor Yoona Jeong will lead seven pieces from English composer Henry Purcell’s incidental music for the 1693 William Congreve play, The Double Dealer.
American composer Aaron Copland wrote the ballet Rodeo in 1942, and he later extracted a suite of four dances. The best known of these is “Hoe-Down,” a fanciful and exhilarating take on the American square dance.
The 76-member Symphonic Band’s portion of the concert will begin with Circuits by American composer Cindy McTee. She wrote this piece for orchestra in 1990 and transcribed it for band in 2011.
German master Johann Sebastian Bach’s secular Cantata No. 208 (known as the “Hunting Cantata”) was written in 1713 as banquet music after a hunt. Its most famous section is the soprano aria Sheep May Safely Graze, which has been transcribed for band by Alfred Reed. This will be conducted by Steve Dailey, Baylor University’s Assistant Director of Bands.
The program will close with a piece from 2005 called Mindscape by Japanese composer Chang Su Koh.
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.