Baylor's Wind Ensemble in Concert

October 6, 2021
The Baylor University Wind Ensemble will present its second concert of the 2021-2022 season on Thursday, October 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The conductor of this fine, 74-member ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and percussion is Baylor’s Director of Bands, J. Eric Wilson. Appearing at the concert will be the distinguished American composer, John Mackey.
The program will open with Clare Grundman’s band arrangement of the sparkling overture to the Leonard Bernstein stage work from 1957, Candide. This was Bernstein’s third Broadway musical, following On the Town and Wonderful Town. In 1953, the renowned playwright Lillian Hellman proposed to Bernstein that they adapt Voltaire’s Candide for the musical theater. Their production opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on December 1, 1956, but, unlike its two predecessors, was not a commercial success.
Next, the Wind Ensemble will perform music by its guest composer, John Mackey. Dating from 2014, Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band is based upon the epic tale of Odysseus, as told thousands of years ago by Homer in The Odyssey. The work’s three movements are titled “Hubris,” “Immortal thread, so weak,” and “The attentions of souls.”
This Wind Ensemble 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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