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Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall

Photo: Richard Termline/New York Times/Redux Pictures


Described by the New York Times as “one of America’s most esteemed concert bands,” the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at the University of Kansas and is conducted by Dr. Paul W. Popiel, Director of Bands. Their Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 was described by Feast of Musicas as “showing amazing chops in their transitions and an impressive range of dynamics” and by the New York Times as “performing with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation."

The Wind Ensemble’s membership is selected by audition from among the finest wind and percussion players at the university. The Wind Ensemble performs diverse repertoire of the highest caliber from chamber works to large ensemble pieces and has a strong commitment to new music as well as the finest standard band repertoire. The band has a long tradition of excellence and performs regularly at national conventions, commissions new works, and hosts outstanding composers, conductors, and soloists. The Wind Ensemble meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00-2:30 in the Fall and from 2:00-3:50 in the Spring.

How to Join the Wind Ensemble

Membership in the KU Wind Ensemble is by blind audition and is open to all qualified students at the University. Auditions take place the first week of classes of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music Professor.

Auditions consist of prepared excerpts and sight-reading. The prepared excerpts are available in the KU band office or may be downloaded here.

Wind Ensemble Repertoire

2013-2014

Current and upcoming performance information can be found here.

2012-2013

September 21, 2012
7:30pm, Collage Concert at the Lied Center of Kansas
Movement 2 from Symphonic Requiem, op. 135 (2011) by James Barnes (b. 1949)


October 2, 2012
7:30pm, Lied Center of Kansas
Road Stories (2010) by Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)
Music for Prague 1968, (1968) by Karel Husa (b. 1921)
Symphonic Requiem, op. 135 (2011) by James Barnes (b. 1949)
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October 17, 2012
7:30pm, Lied Center of Kansas
“Canzon Primi Toni” from Sacrae Symphonie (1597) by Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
La Creation du Monde, op. 81a (1923) by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)


November 2, 2012
7:30pm, Yardley Hall, Overland Park, KS
From Glory to Glory (2011) by Kevin Walczyk (b. 1964)
On the Waterfront (1954) by Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)
Nitro (2006) by Frank Ticheli (1958)
Event Horizon (2011) by Joni Greene (b. 1981)world premiere
Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Steven Spooner, piano


February 1, 2013 Shared with Jazz Ensemble 1 and soloist Steve Leisring, trumpet
7:30 pm Lied Center of Kansas
Blue Shades (1997) by Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Steven Spooner, piano


March 18-21, 2013
Naxos Recording Sessions
“In the Shadow of No Towers” (2012) by Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985)
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (2001) by Philip Glass(b. 1937)
Ji Hye Jung and Robert van Sice, timpani


March 26, 2013
8:00pm (EST), Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, NYC
“In the Shadow of No Towers” (2012) by Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985) world premiere
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (2001) by Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Ji Hye Jung and Robert van Sice, timpani
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April 2, 2013
7:30pm, Lied Center of Kansas
“In the Shadow of No Towers” (2012) by Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985)
Midwest premiere
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (2001) by Philip Glass(b. 1937)
Ji Hye Jung and Robert van Sice, timpani


April 23, 2013
7:30pm, Lied Center of Kansas
Festive Overture, Op. 96 (1954/1965) by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
O Magnum Mysterium (2003) by Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
First Suite in Eb, Op. 28, No. 1 (1909)
I. Chaconne II. Intermezzo III. March
by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Ravenkind (2012)
I. Odineyes II. Nighttress III. Jetpriest IV. Creekkeeper
by Forrest Pierce (b. 1972) with Robert Walzel, soloist world premiere
Theme and Variations, Op. 43a (1943) by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

2011-2012

Collage September 23, 2011
6:00 Chen Yi - Movement 2 from Dragon Rhyme


Concert #1: Tuesday October 4, 2011

7:00 Ticheli - Wild Nights!
23:00 Walczyk - Clarinet Concerto
5:00 Mahoney Sparkle
13:00 Dello Joio - Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn Michael Mapp, guest conductor
6:00 Chen Yi - Movement 2 from Dragon Rhyme
(3:00 Sousa - The Washington Post)


Concert #2: Chamber Winds - Wednesday October 19, 2011

10-15:00 selections from Weill Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
10-15:00 selections from Dvorak Serenade


Concert #3: November 8, 2011

1:30 Gould - Fanfare for Freedom
9:00 Torke/Patterson - Javelin Matt Smith, guest conductor
11:00 Copland/Hunsberger - Quiet City Steve Leisring, trumpet & Margaret Marco, English horn
20:00 Reed - La Fiesta Mexicana Sarah Labovitz, guest conductor
16:00 Torke - Mojave Ji Hye Jung, marimba


Concert #4: November 13, 2011 7pm at the Kauffman Center, Kansas City

Gould- Fanfare for Freedom
Torke- Mojave
Ji Hye Jung, marimba
Ticheli- Wild Nights!
Copland/
Hunsberger Quiet City
Steve Leisring, trumpet & Margaret Marco, English horn
(Encore- Sousa - The Washington Post)


Recital: Sarah Labovitz DMA recital - Wednesday December 7, 2011 

23:00 Dvorak Serenade
5:00 Mackey Strange Humors
6:00 Plog - Three Miniatures
22:00 Reed - La Fiesta Mexicana
TBA


Spring 2012

Concert #5: Prairie Winds Concert/Perc Ens February 4, 2012 

6:00 Daugherty - Desi
16:00 Torke Mojave
6:00 Varese - Ionisation, Sarah Labovitz, guest conductor
5:00 Mahoney Sparkle
6:00 Chen Yi - Movement 2 from Dragon Rhyme

More Percussion Ensemble, TBA


Concert #5.5: KMEA Friday February 24, 2012

Ticheli- Wild Nights!
Copland/
Hunsberger Quiet City
Steve Leisring, trumpet & Margaret Marco, English horn
Torke- Mojave
Ji Hye Jung, marimba
Chen Yi - Movement 2 from Dragon Rhyme


Concert #6: Scholarship Concert - Friday March 30, 2011

TBA Robert E. Foster, guest conductor
14:00 Copland, A Lincoln Portrait
10:00 Ticheli, An American Elegy


NAXOS Recording "American Landscapes" - Recording April 1-6, 2012

9:00 Torke Javelin
16:00 Ticheli Simple Gifts
6:00 Torke Mojave
5:00 Copland Quiet City
6:00 Ticheli An American Elegy
  Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody


Concert 7: Thursday April 26, 2012, John Whitwell, guest conductor

2010-2011

Collage Concert September 24th, 2010
5:00 Bryant - Radiant Joy


October 6th, 2010

3:30 Strauss - Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
13:00 Greene - Circean Waters
15:00 Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances Sarah Labovitz, guest conductor
9:00 Barnes - Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune (1984)
20:00 Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy


November 10th, 2010

"Old Wine in New Bottles"

12:30 Jacob - Old Wine in New Bottles
17:00

Milhaud - Suite francaise
Cheryl Lee, guest conductor

15:00 Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances
Sarah Labovitz, guest conductor

11:00 Gandolfi - Vientos y Tangos
19:00 Hindemith - Symphony in Bb


Cheryl Lee MM conducting recital December 1st, 2010

Mendelssohn - Nocturno, op. 24
Benson - Solitary Dancer
Wilt - Nevermore
Grainger - Colonial Song
Milhaud - Suite francaise


Shared with Jazz Ensemble 1 February 5th, 2011

22:00 Mintzer - Go! - Concerto for Tenor Saxophone
Vince Gnojek, soloist
3:30 Bernstein - Slava!


April 1st, 2011

10:00 Strauss - Serenade in Eb, op. 7
4:00 Gabrieli - Canzona Septimi Toni #2
6:00 Lauridsen/Reynolds - O Magnum Mysterium
9:00 Roger Nixon - Fiesta Del Pacifico, Sarah Labovitz, guest conductor
20:00 Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy

-intermission-

5:00 Bruce Broughton - Silverado
with combined Horn Choirs from KU and UMKC - guest conductor Paul Stevens
19:30 Wilson - Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble
Gail Williams from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, soloist
4:00 Sousa - Nobles of the Mystic Shrine


"New Paradigms" May 10th, 2011

15:00 Maslanka - Traveler
11:00 Daugherty - Red Cape Tango
Cheryl Lee, guest conductor
7:00 Varese - Octandre
22:00 Bryant - Ecstatic Waters
Steven Bryant, resident composer

2009-2010

October 2, 2009

Frank Ticheli, guest composer/conductor
Michael Davidson, trombone
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Cheryl Lee, graduate student conductor

Postcard (1994) – Frank Ticheli
   
Sanctuary (2005)– Frank Ticheli
      
Concertino for Trombone and Band (1987) – Frank Ticheli
      
Angels in the Architecture (2008) – Frank Ticheli
      
Blue Shades (1996) – Frank Ticheli


November 9, 2009

Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Haley Armstrong, graduate student conductor

Day Signal from Signals from Heaven (1987) – Toru Takemitsu
   
Et Expecto Ressurectionem Mortuorum (1964) – Oliver Messiaen
      
Night Signals from Signals from Heaven (1987) – Toru Takemitsu
      
Music for Prague 1968 (1968) – Karel Husa


February 6, 2010
 

Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet
Scott A. Weiss, conductor

Fanfare for Freedeom (1943) – Morton Gould
   
Saint Lawrence Suite (1958) – Morton Gould
      
Derivations for Solo Clarinet and Band (1953) – Morton Gould
      
Jericho Rhapsody (1939) – Morton Gould
      
American Salute (1943) – Morton Gould


May 4, 2010

Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Esch, guest conductor
Cheryl Lee, graduate student conductor

Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 ver.) – Igor Stravinsky

Symphonietta (1961) – Ingolf Dahl
      
Scherzo alla Marcia from Symphony No. 8(1783) – R. Vaughan Williams
      
Symphony No. 4 "West Point" (1952) – Morton Gould

2008-2009

October 3, 2008

"Opera Without Words"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Steve Leisring & Dai Zhonghui, trumpet
Frank Perez, graduate student conductor

Overture to La Forza del Destino (1869) – Guiseppe Verdi
   
Regina Coeli from Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)– Pietro Mascagni
      
Wedding Dances from Bandana (1998) – Daron Hagen
      
The Good Soldier Schweik Suite (1956) – Robert Kurka
      
Carmen Fantasia (1994) – Georges Bizet/Hunsburger


November 23, 2008

"British Invasion"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Scott Watson, tuba
Haley Armstrong, graduate student conductor

Masque (2001) – Kenneth Hasketh
   
Hammersmith - Prelude and Scherzo, OP. 52 (1930) – Gustav Holst
      
Tuba Concerto (1984) – Edward Gregson
      
Yiddish Dances (1996) – Adam Gorb
      
Tone Poem, Mannin Veen (1933) – Haydn Wood


February 16, 2009

"Joint Concert with Lawrence H.S. Band"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor

February 21, 2009
"An evening of jazz and jazz-influenced music"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor

February 27, 2009
"KMEA, Century II Concert Hall, Whichita, KS"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961) – Leonard Bernstein

I. Prologue. Allegro moderato
II. “Somewhere.” Adagio
III. Scherzo. Vivace leggiero 
IV. Mambo. Meno presto
V. Cha-Cha (“Maria”). Andantino con grazia
VI. Meeting scene. Meno mosso
VII. “Cool” Fugue. Allegretto
VIII. Rumble. Molto allegro
IX. Finale. Adagio

Cuban Overture (1932) – George Gershwin


March 30, 2009

Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Paul Stevens, horn

Occident et Orient (1869) – Camille Saint–Saëns

O Magnum Mysterium (1994) – Morton Lauridsen
      
Concerto for Horn in E-flat, K. 417 (1783) – W.A. Mozart
      
Masquerade (1966) – Vincent Persichetti
      
Symphony No. 6 (2008) – James Barnes


April 24-25, 2009

"Campus Creative Project"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Turtle Island String Quartet

The Tree of Life (2008) – David Balakrishnan
World Premiere Performance

2007-2008

September 28, 2007

Debut Concert
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet

Festive Overture, Op. 96 (1954) – Shostakovich/Hunsberger
   
Colonial Song (1905/1917) – Percy Grainger/Rogers
      
Finish Line (2006) – Cindy McTee
      
Fantasie Brillante on Verdi's Rigoletto (1851) – Luigi Bassi/Laurendeau
      
Serenade in E flat, Op. 7 (1882) – Richard Strauss
      
Southern Harmony (1998) – Donald Grantham


November 23, 2007

Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Lyndsay Boysen, Frank Perez & Eric Posner, assistant conductors 
Michael Davidson, trombone

La Procession du Rocio (1913) – Joaquin Turina, trans, Reed
   
Trauermusik (1844) – Richard Wagner
      
Divertimento for Band, Op. 42 (1950) – Vincent Persichetti
      
Octour (1922-3, rev. 1952) – Igor Stravinsky
      
Concertino for Trombone in E flat Major, Op. 4 (1837) – Ferdinand David
      
"Dance of the Jesters" from The Snow Maiden (1884) – Pyotr Illyich Tschaikovsky


​February 14, 2008

"An Evening in Paris"
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Frank Perez & Eric Posner, assistant conductors 
David Fedele, flute

Fanfares Liturguique (1947) – Henri Tomasi
   
Petite Symphonie, op. 90 (1885)– Charles Gounod
      
Children's Overture (1964) – Eugene Bozza
      
Concertino, op. 107 (1910) – Cecile Chaminade, arr. Wilson
      
Paris Sketches (1994) – Martin Ellerby


February 27, 2008

Eric Posner, conductor

Fanfares Liturgiques (1947) – Henri Tomasi
   
Lincolnshire Posy (1937)– Percy Aldridge Grainger
      
Song (2000) – William Bolcolm
      
"March" from Symphonic Metamorphosis (1943) – Paul Hindemith, trans. Wilson


March 31, 2008

Joint Concert with the KU Kansas City Youth Wind Symphony
Yardley Hall, Overland Park, Kansas
Scott A. Weiss, conductor

Wild Nights! (2007)– Frank Ticheli
      
Shadow Dance (2006) – David Dzubay
      
Anahita (2005) – Roshanne Etezady
      
"Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" from Lohengrin (1846–48)– Richard Wagner


April 27, 2008

Murphy Hall 50th Anniversary Celebration
Scott A. Weiss, conductor
Vince Gnojek, saxophone

Wild Blue Yonder (2006) – James Barnes
   
Dusk (2004)– Steven Bryant
      
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone (2007) – John Mackey


KUWE CD Release Nov. 2013

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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