Strings of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra in Virtual Concert

November 5, 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra’s next 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 an online livestreaming opportunity.
The concert, featuring sixty-six string players from this award-winning orchestra, will take place on Monday, November 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Baylor Symphony Orchestra’s conductor is Director of Orchestral Activities Stephen Heyde. Its graduate conductor, Matthew Hagestuen, will lead the final three pieces, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Music degree in Conducting. Soloists will be April Simmons, harp, and Alejandro Alvarino, percussion, as well as one faculty member, Associate Professor of Violin Patricia Shih.
The program will open with Professor Heyde conducting the famous “Adagietto” movement from Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Written between the summers of 1901 and 1902, this movement is a tender and at times heart-wrenching love letter to his soon-to-be wife, Alma. They were married on March 9, 1902.
Next, Matthew Hagestuen will lead the orchestra in contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Fratres from 1977. It has been described as a “mesmerizing set of variations on a six-bar theme, combining frantic activity and sublime stillness, that encapsulates Pärt’s observation that ‘the instant and eternity are struggling within us’.”
Mr. Hagestuen will also conduct the first movement from Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, from 1880, and then contemporary American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst for string orchestra, a work dating from 2012.
This live concert by the Baylor Symphony Orchestra 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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