Strings of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra

September 24, 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2020 will be presented without an in-person audience. However, viewers at home will be able to enjoy the performance by going to the School of Music website for an online livestreaming opportunity.
The concert, featuring sixty-three string players from this award-winning orchestra, will take place on Thursday, October 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Leading the Baylor Symphony Orchestra is Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde, and its graduate conductor is Matthew Hagestuen.
The program will consist of a single, masterful work, the Serenade for String Orchestra in E-flat major, Op. 6, by Bohemian composer Josef Suk. His Serenade for String Orchestra was written in 1892, when Suk was just eighteen years old and studying under Antonín Dvořák at the Prague Conservatory.
Six years later, in 1898, Josef Suk married Dvořák’s daughter, Otilie. They had one child, also named Josef, who in turn was the father of the acclaimed violinist Josef Suk (1929-2011).
Composer Josef Suk wrote the Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 6, after his illustrious father-in-law suggested that he write some lighter music, in contrast to his usual darker works. The Serenade is a composition of great emotional depth, and the work’s highly lyrical nature has cemented its position as a favorite standard of the string orchestra repertoire.
This live concert will be streamed from the stage of Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. To join the virtual audience, simply visit the School of Music web-site by clicking here.
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