Baylor's Symphonic Band in Concert

September 9, 2021
The Baylor University Symphonic Band, a 66-member ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion players under the baton of Associate Director of Bands Isaiah Odajima, will present its first concert of 2021-2022 on Friday, September 17. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Opening the program will be David Maslanka’s 2006 composition, Mother Earth. This fanfare was inspired by text written by the Italian Catholic friar and priest, St. Francis of Assisi
Next to be heard is Glenn Bainum’s arrangement of music by the early-twentieth-century Norwegian bandmaster, composer, and teacher, Johannes Hanssen. Guest conductor Stuart Ivey, Assistant Director of Bands at Baylor University, will lead a performance of Hanssen’s Valdres March. This piece, dating from 1904, celebrates the beautiful Valdres region in Norway that lies between Oslo and Bergen.
Yo Goto is a prominent composer who holds two graduate degrees from the University of North Texas. He wrote Lux Aeterna in the year 2000, and the music can be described as opposing faces of light and darkness that, while contending with each other, eventually become one.
The program will close with a work from 1991 by John Zdechlik. His Celebrations was commissioned to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Medalist Concert Band of Bloomington, Minnesota.
This Symphonic Band concert is free of charge and open to the public. It is also available for livestreaming at baylor.edu/music/live.
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