Baylor's Symphonic Band Streams Its Next Concert of 2020

November 25, 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation, the Baylor University Symphonic Band’s second 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 Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Conducting this 71-member ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and percussion is Baylor’s Associate Director of Bands, Isaiah Odajima.
Opening the program will be the best-known work by nineteenth-century Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen, his Entry March of the Boyars from 1895. Although soon performed by the Bergen National Theater Orchestra, it did not receive national recognition until Edvard Grieg, whose niece was Halvorsen’s wife, made a piano arrangement of it three years later.
Next on the concert, graduate conductor Ceon Rumphs will lead the Symphonic Band in Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa’s Capricious Winds II from 2014. Originally known simply as Capricious Winds for flute quartet, it was expanded for large ensemble and re-named.
Australian composer Percy Grainger wrote his march The Gum-suckers in 1942. The work’s title refers to a common nickname for young native sons from the Australian state of Victoria. Graduate conductor Hannah Morrison will be on the podium for this piece.
Assistant Director of Bands Steve Dailey will conduct American composer Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. This work began its life as an a cappella choral work, written in the fall of 2000. Five years later, it was adapted for symphonic winds after a commission from the Texas Music Educators Association and a consortium of bands.
The program will close with Pansori’c Rhapsody from 2008 by South Korean composer Chang-Su Koh. The work pays tribute to the Korean musical genre of “pansori,” a two-person drama with characters portrayed by voice and drum.
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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