A pair of the Baylor University School of Music’s major instrumental ensembles, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, will perform on Monday, November 20, 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 Masque by contemporary English composer Kenneth Hesketh. Dating from 2002, this piece has colorful scoring with a dash of wildness. Says the composer, “I hope it may tease both players and listeners to let their hair down a little!”
Next, the band will play an arrangement by Derek Bourgeois of Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s In Memoriam, Op. 30. It was written in 1910 as a funeral march to honor Halvorsen’s close friend, Norwegian poet and dramatist Bjornstjerne Bjornson.
The late David Maslanka’s three-movement Symphony No. 2 dates from 1986, and the Symphonic Band will play its finale, marked “Allegro molto.”
Following intermission, the Wind Ensemble will present Yo Gotoh’s arrangement for band of French composer Hector Berlioz’s “Marche Hongroise” (“Hungarian March”) from the 1846 concert-opera The Damnation of Faust. Assistant Band Director Steve Dailey will conduct.
German-born American composer Ingolf Dahl wrote his three-movement Sinfonietta on a commission from the Western and Northern Divisions of the College Band Directors National Association in 1961.
The program will close with the Wind Ensemble’s performance of organ music by iconoclastic American composer Charles Ives, his Variations on “America” from 1891. William Schuman orchestrated it in 1964, and the band version by William Rhoads followed in 1968.
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.