WSU Symphony Orchestra concert features faculty soloist

Dr. Mark Foley poses with arms crossed in a dramatic, sepia-toned photograph.

Mark Foley, professor of double bass, appears in concert with the WSU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Miller Concert Hall. Foley will perform his own concerto composed for the occasion. The concert, led by Mark Laycock, will also include music by Vaughan Williams.

The Little Wichita Concerto, for double bass and chamber orchestra, draws upon a wide variety of styles and influences, including jazz, rock and roll, and classical music. Foley also serves as principal bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs each summer as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder.

A mainstay of the Wichita jazz scene, Foley is a first-call bassist for club dates and sessions with local and national players. He is the founder and musical director of the Knob Festival of New Music, an annual series of concerts presenting performances of wildly diverse new works by local, national and international artists.

The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s “A London Symphony.” Premiered in 1914, the symphony features rich melodic invention, powerful climaxes and extraordinary structural cohesion across its four movements. It was the piece the composer conducted most frequently in his appearances with orchestras around the world.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-978-3233.