COVID-19 protocols put much of Baylor University School of Music’s centennial celebrations on ice last year, but the school will showcase a large cross-section of its student musicians at a centennial collage concert. Saturday.
The free concert at Waco Hall lives up to its title in the lineup: some 300 students in 13 ensembles, duos and soloists, with selections defining eclecticism: Asian folksong, Broadway musical, 19th-century Russian symphonic , 21st century classic, American opera. , contemporary jazz and more.
Music school dean Gary Mortenson said the concert, played with an intermission but in two without a break between performers, demonstrates the ‘width and breadth’ of the music school in space about 80 minutes. “I guarantee the audience won’t be bored,” he said.
The school has performed similar collage concerts for the past few years, but largely went without public performances last year due to COVID-19 precautions.
Saturday’s concert will feature great ensembles such as the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Wind Ensemble and A Cappella Choir through to solo pianist, organist, vibraphonist and soprano. Between the two, in terms of scale, are a brass quintet, a wind quintet, a saxophone quartet, and a tuba and euphonium duo.