The Baylor University Campus Orchestra will present its next concert on Monday, February 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This ensemble, conducted by Associate Professor of String Music Education Michael Alexander, is comprised of thirty-three talented Baylor students, whose majors range across virtually every discipline that the university offers.
During Dr. Alexander’s absence this semester, on a research sabbatical, the guest conductor is Matt Hagestuen, a part-time lecturer who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northwestern–St. Paul and a master’s degree from Baylor University.
Mr. Hagestuen will open the program by conducting Zwei Melodien, (“Two Melodies”) Op. 53, of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. These picturesque pieces, entitled “Norwegian” and “The First Meeting,” were written in 1891.
Also to be heard is Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485, by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Its character is often said to resemble Mozart, and indeed Schubert was infatuated with his late, great countryman at the time he composed it in 1816. He wrote in his diary, “O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!” This is reflected in the lighter instrumentation of this work. In fact, it matches precisely that of the first version (without clarinets) of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.
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.