Baylor's Symphonic Band Streams Its First Concert of 2020

October 13, 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation, the Baylor University Symphonic Band’s first concert of 2020 will be presented without an in-person audience. However, viewers at home can enjoy the performance by going to the School of Music website for a streaming opportunity.
The concert will be streamed on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Conducting this 70-member ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and percussion is Baylor’s Associate Director of Bands, Isaiah Odajima.
Opening the program will be Clutch., written last year by contemporary American composer Andrew David Perkins. It conveys the visceral excitement of this Detroit composer’s boyhood memories of Belle Isle Indycar racing.
Next, the Symphonic Band will play Japanese composer Shuhei Tamura’s Onihime (or “Demon Princess”). Written in 2013, it tells the ancient tale of Japan’s Hashihime (Bridge Princess) Legend. This piece will be led by graduate conductor Hannah Morrison.
Pequeña Suite para Banda (literally, “Little Suite for Band”) is a four-movement work from 2008 by Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón. Baylor’s Assistant Director of Bands, Steve Dailey, will conduct.
The program will close with English composer Malcolm Arnold’s English Dances, Set II, Op. 33. Arnold wrote his first set of English Dances in 1950 at the request of his publisher, who wanted companion-pieces for Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances. The first set proved so successful that another was immediately requested, and a further four dances were published in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain. Like the Dvořák dances, the English Dances contain no actual folk tunes. Arnold simply took inspiration from the general style of English folk music.
This concert by the Baylor University Symphonic Band was pre-recorded in Jones Concert Hall. To join the virtual audience, simply visit the School of Music website by clicking here.
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