David Childs, Professor of Euphonium at the University of North Texas, will present a Lyceum Series recital on Thursday, September 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Joining him as collaborative pianist on the program is South Korean native In-Ja Eshelman, who holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.
David Childs is regarded as one of the finest low-brass musicians of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, DCINY Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic. He tours extensively, performing in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe, and the U.S.A., and regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television, and commercial disc.
An Associate of the Royal College of Music London, Mr. Childs has taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He is director of Prima Vista Musikk publishing house, a founding member of the brass quartet Eminence Brass, and artistic director of Cardiff Symphonic Winds, the foremost wind orchestra in Wales.
The Baylor program will open with “Caoine” (Lament) from the Sonata, Op. 129, of Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, as arranged by Robert Childs (father of David Childs) and Philip Wilby. That will be followed by English composer Gordon Jacobs’s Fantasia for Euphonium from 1969.
Welsh composer Karl Jenkins wrote his four-movement Euphonium Concerto for David Childs, who premiered the work in July 2009 as part of the Welsh Proms at St. David’s Hall.
Also to be heard are Howard Snell’s setting of Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate, Maurice Ravel’s Pièce en forme de habanera, and the Fantasy of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, as arranged by Robert Childs and Philip Wilby.
This Lyceum Series recital, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.