The Baylor University Concert Band will present its annual winter program on Sunday afternoon, February 18, beginning at 3:00 in Jones Concert Hall, which is located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This 74-member ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion players is led by Baylor’s Assistant Director of Bands, Steve Dailey. Student conductors will be Brianna Compton and Benjamin Alaniz.
Opening the concert will be Swiss composer Franco Cesarini’s Alpina Fanfare, written in 1997 for Kurt Brogli and the Swiss-Loss-Band. The work includes fanfare-like elements at the beginning—and again at the end—that bookend a solemn middle section.
American composer Frank Ticheli penned Sun Dance in 1998 on a commission from the Austin Independent School District. According to the composer, “I was consciously attempting to evoke a feeling: bright joy. After completing the work, I found that the music began to suggest a more concrete image: a town festival on a warm, sun-washed day.”
American composer Stephen Bryant wrote Dusk in 2004. In Bryant’s words, “This simple, chorale-like work captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset.”
English composer Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo was written in 1963 for the brass bands for which England is well known. It was titled Little Suite for Brass. Baylor’s Concert Band will perform John Paynter’s arrangement, which expands it to include woodwinds and additional percussion but faithfully retains the breezy spirit of the original composition.
The program will close with Ride by American composer Samuel R. Hazo. He wrote the work in 2002 for his friend Jack Stamp, director of bands at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It depicts the composer’s experience in following Stamp to his home, which turned out to be a wild ride down country roads, with the “countryside blurring past my car window.”
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.