Baylor Symphony Orchestra Presents Contest-Winning Violist

November 3, 2017
Brian Bires, winner of the 2017 Baylor Concerto Competition, will be the guest soloist when the Baylor Symphony Orchestra performs on Monday, November 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Leading the orchestra will be Baylor University’s Conductor-in-Residence, Stephen Heyde.
The program will open with graduate student Yoona Jeong conducting a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet, the great Russian composer’s first undisputed masterpiece. He composed the first version of it during the autumn of 1869 and then substantially revised it in 1870 and again in 1881. Romeo and Juliet is a brilliant intermingling of tone painting and pure sonata-form music.
Contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki wrote his Viola Concerto in 1983 after receiving a commission from the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Simón Bolívar. The Concerto is in single-movement form, comprised of two large sections. The soloist in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra performance, Baylor graduate Brian Bires, is now pursuing his Master of Music degree in Viola Performance at the University of Houston, Moore’s School of Music. A former student of Dr. Kathryn Steely, he currently studies with the Principal Violist of Houston Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Brooks.
Closing the program will be Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, by the great German master, Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn completed his “Reformation” Symphony in early 1830. It was written as part of a celebration to honor the three hundredth anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, a document outlining the tenets of the Protestant faith as professed by Martin Luther. The four-movement work, which prominently features Luther’s chorale, “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”), was premiered in 1832 but not published until 1868, twenty-one years after Mendelssohn’s death.
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.
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