Baylor's Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in Concert

September 13, 2019
A pair of the Baylor University School of Music’s major instrumental ensembles, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, will perform on Thursday, September 19, 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 Gavorkna Fanfare from 1991 by American composer Jack Stamp, and then American composer John Mackey’s Sheltering Sky from 2012. The melodies of this piece have a folk-like quality (reminiscent of “Danny Boy” and “Shenandoah”), but they are original to the work. The Symphonic Band will also play Bohemian composer Julius Fučík’s Florentiner March, penned in 1907 as a grand march for an opera never completed, and Richilde Overture from 1884 by French composer Gabriel Parés.
The Wind Ensemble’s portion of the concert will begin with Suite Française, Op. 248, a five-movement work from 1944 by the distinctive French composer Darius Milhaud. His first extended work for winds, this suite was premiered by the Goldman Band in 1945.
Next, the Wind Ensemble will play Into the Silent Land from 2018 by American Steve Danyew. In the composer’s own words, “On December 14, 2012, twenty children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Having grown up just a mile from the school, this is where I attended grades three through five. When I came across ‘Remember,’ a moving poem by Christina Rossetti, I realized this is what I wanted and needed to communicate through music.”
The program will close with Chester by American composer William Schuman. He wrote this as the third movement of his New England Triptych (Three Pieces after William Billings)) in 1956 and later developed and extended the orchestral version, making it an overture for band.
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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