Baylor University Campus Orchestra
The Baylor University Campus Orchestra will present its next concert, “Gems of the Early 20th Century”. This ensemble, conducted by Associate Professor of Music Education Michael Alexander, is comprised of forty-two talented string players, whose majors range across virtually every discipline that the university offers.
Opening the program will be the first, second, and sixth movements (“Basse-Danse,” “Pavane,” and “Mattachins”) from English composer Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite. Warlock (whose real name was Philip Heseltine) wrote this suite in 1928, using six French Renaissance dances from Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie as the basis of the material.
Next on the concert, the Campus Orchestra will play French composer Gabriel Pierné’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 7. Pierné was only eighteen years old when he wrote this one-movement work in 1881.
The program will close with English composer Sir Edward Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, from 1905. Elgar scored this work for string quartet and string orchestra as a vehicle to show off the newly formed London Symphony Orchestra’s virtuosity. Performing the string quartet role will be four members of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra: violinists Emily Bustos and Jillian Ekstrand, violist Trey Thompson, and cellist Emily Monk.
Admission is free.