Baylor's Symphonic Band in Concert

March 16, 2018
The Baylor University Symphonic Band, a 71-member ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion players under the baton of Associate Director of Bands Isaiah Odajima, will present its next concert on Monday, March 19. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Symphonic Band’s concert is in preparation for their performance in Houston at the Southwestern Regional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.
Opening the program will be Masque, a work from 2002 by British composer Kenneth Hesketh, who serves as Professor of Composition and Orchestration at the Royal College of Music.
American composer Andrew Boss wrote À la Machaut in 2015. Its thematic material is based on three works of Guillaume de Machaut: “Puis qu’en oubli” (Since I Am Forgotten), “Douce jame jolie” (Sweet Lovely Lady), and “Kyrie” from his Messe de Nostre Dame.
Schism by American composer David Biedenbender, Assistant Professor of Composition at Michigan State University describes a chaotic political situation. According to Dr. Biedenbender, “I wrote Schism in 2010 in the midst of the turbulent national mid-term elections, a time that, in the context of more recent political turmoil, actually seems quite tame.”
Director of Bands J. Eric Wilson will conduct the next piece, Fantajia (“Fantasia”) by Japanese composer Chang-Su Koh. This was written in 2016 as the culmination of a five-year commissioning project between the composer and Baylor University.
Japanese composer Toshio Mashima’s Les Trois Notes du Japon was commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 2001. Its second movement, “La Rivière Enneigée,” depicts a scene of a snowy river ravine in winter.
Closing the program will be the final movement, “Allegro molto,” from American composer David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 2, written in 1986.
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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