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Annual “Joy of Singing” concert honors former KU Choral Director James Ralston

Thursday, March 20, 2014

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas School of Music proudly presents the “Joy of Singing” and James Ralston Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at the Lied Center of Kansas.

The concert features performances by five of the University of Kansas Choirs under the direction of Paul Tucker, Director of Choral Activities, and Mariana Farah, Associate Director of Choral Activities: Collegium Musicum led by conductor Christopher Smith; Concert Choir led by conductor Mariana Farah; University Singers led by conductor James Davidson; Women’s Chorale led by Mariana Farah; and Chamber Singers led by Paul Tucker.

The concert also features two selections from the Topeka West Singers led by conductor Tina Goodrich.

The program concludes with varied selections in honor of former KU Choral Director James S. Ralston (1930-2012), by the James Ralston Memorial Alumni Choir led by conductors Burt Allen and Lon Dehnert, KU School of Education Assistant Dean. Allen and Dehnert are KU alumni and former doctoral students of James Ralston. The alumni choir was organized specifically for the event and includes more than 50 members from across Kansas and seven other states.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu.

James Ralston came to the University of Kansas as an undergraduate student and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1952. He continued his studies at KU and went on to complete a Master’s degree in 1958 and a Ph.D. in 1973, both in Music Education. At KU, he was a Professor of choral music from 1963-1994 and Director of the Choral Division from 1983-1994. In 1970, he initiated a Master’s Degree Program in choral conducting (M.M.A.); and in 1973, he began the Doctoral Degree Program in choral conducting (D.M.A.). Under his supervision, more than thirty students completed graduate degrees in choral conducting at the University of Kansas.  

In honor of James S. Ralston, the Ralston family is establishing a scholarship at KU Endowment to support students seeking a graduate degree in choral conducting. For more information, contact Michael Arp at marp@kuendowment, 785-832-7410, or visit www.kuendowment.org/ralston.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

For more information about KU Choirs visit: http://music.ku.edu/choral
For more information about Mariana Farah visit: http://music.ku.edu/mariana-farah
For more information about Paul Tucker visit: http://music.ku.edu/paul-tucker

Media Contact:
Laura McCorkill
KU School of Music


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