By Abigail Loop
Baylor School of Music’s 38th annual Lyceum Series will begin this fall and will offer the Waco and Baylor communities a greater insight into the world of music.
The free series, which will feature musical performers, musical therapists and lecturers, began Monday and will continue until March 3.
The series, which has occurred since 1976, is meant to provide an educational basis for participants, said Richard Veit, concert and promotional manager for the Baylor School of Music.
“There will be lectures, master classes and performances,” Veit said. “Performers will work with Baylor music students during the master classes and some performers will give recitals. It’s a combination.”
Veit said although the musical guests who are a part of the series will be working with music students during the master classes, everyone is still invited to attend.
“It’s open to anyone in the community,” Veit said. “People can sit in on the master classes as well as watch the performances and hear the lectures.”
The series will include a piano concert given by pianist Sara Daneshpour to a master class being taught by The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet. Lectures will also be given by Carol Hess, a musicologist, and Alice-Ann Darrow, a music therapist.
Darrow is the next musical guest of the series and will perform at Baylor at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in Meadows Recital Hall of the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The first event, which occurred on Sept. 22, featured early keyboard artist Tom Beghin, who gave a lecture to attendees.
Alfredo Colman, a chairman on the special events committee for the School of Music, said this series gives the community a chance to experience performances and classes they would not normally have access to.
“The best thing about this is that we get to hear fantastic performers who are coming to our campus,” Colman said. “It’s a great opportunity for Baylor and Waco. Instead of us going to New York or Europe, these performers are coming to our house.
Veit agreed with Colman and said the series lets Baylor’s students experience the talents of great, professional musicians.
“This is a great opportunity to be able to see and hear world-class musicians right here on Baylor’s campus,” Veit said. “We are encouraging everyone to come.”
More about the series can be found on the School of Music’s website, www.baylor.edu/music, or by contacting Richard Veit at Richard_Veit@baylor.edu.