Fountain Featured on Symphony Stage

November 1, 2017

School of Music Hosts Forums to Discuss the Music Featured in Fountain's Performance

Dr. Fountain publicity photo
Dr. Richard Fountain, associate professor of piano at Wayland.

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will host two special music forums on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Nov. 7 and 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center on the Wayland campus.

The forums are being held in conjunction with Dr. Richard Fountain’s featured performance with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10-11 in the Lubbock Civic Center. Fountain, associate professor of piano at Wayland, serves as the principal keyboard for the orchestra, as well as playing as a member of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln, Neb.

Admission to the forum sessions is free and open to the public.

The forums will focus on Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety.” Tuesday’s session will be an introduction to the symphony by Fountain, and Dr. Scott Strovas, assistant professor of music, will look at the history and life of Bernstein and the personal nature of his three symphonies. Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” will be placed in historical context by Dr. Autumn Lass, assistant professor of history, as it was composed following World War II. Dr. Maria O’Connell, assistant professor of English, will then lead a discussion about the poem “Age of Anxiety” written in 1939 by W. H. Auden, on which the symphony is based.

On Thursday, Strovas and Fountain will lead a session on the historical and literary connections within the symphony, including dramatic readings from Dr. Marti Runnels, dean of the School of Fine Arts.

Fountain’s performance with the Lubbock Symphony will showcase the complex Bernstein composition.

“It’s a strange piece because it is called a symphony,” Fountain said. “But it is really as much a piano concerto as it is a symphony.”

Fountain will be treated as a guest soloist during the performances.