Baylor Wind Ensemble in a Live-Streamed Concert

November 2, 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation, the Baylor University Wind Ensemble’s second concert of 2020 (postponed from October 22) 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 will take place on Monday, November 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Conducting this fine, 65-member ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and percussion is Baylor’s Director of Bands, J. Eric Wilson.
Opening the program will be Fanfare for Brass Choir, written in 1998 by contemporary American composer Peter Gilbert.
Next, four members of the Wind Ensemble’s percussion section will perform Fractalia from 2011 by American percussionist and composer Owen Clayton Condon.
Russian-American master Igor Stravinsky composed his Octet for Wind Instruments in 1922 and 1923. It is scored for flute, clarinet, two bassoons, two trumpets, tenor trombone, and bass trombone. Stravinsky himself conducted the premiere of this three-movement work on one of Serge Koussevitzky’s concerts at the Paris Opera House on October 18, 1923.
Also to be heard on the Wind Ensemble concert is German master Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture in C major for Winds, Op. 24. Written for eleven instruments in 1824, when the precocious composer was just fifteen, he expanded it for wind band in 1838.
Baylor graduate Charles Rochester Young composed his three-movement The Song of the Lark in 1989. It is scored for flute and harp.
The program will close with Vesuvius from 1999 by American composer Frank Ticheli.
This live concert by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble 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 website by clicking here.
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