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Kansas Virtuosi to perform works by Jake Heggie and Kurt Weill

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LAWRENCE – This Sunday mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle will perform Jake Heggie’s “Statuesque” and Matthew O. Smith, associate conductor of bands, will conduct Kurt Weill’s “Little Threepenny Music” for the second Kansas Virtuosi performance of the 2016-2017 season.

The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in Swarthout Recital Hall. It will be streamed live at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/t1g7c. The Kansas Virtuosi Series highlights the world-class talents of KU School of Music faculty.

The performance will begin with Weill’s “Little Threepenny Music,” for wind ensemble. Featured faculty performers include Sarah Frisof, flute; KU School of Music Dean Robert Walzel, clarinet; Eric Stomberg, bassoon; Vincent Gnojek, alto saxophone; Michael Compitello, percussion; and Ellen Sommer, piano.

Castle, University Distinguished Professor of Voice, will be featured in “Statuesque,” a five-song cycle that was commissioned by KU and written for Castle. Frisof and Gnojek will also perform with Castle as well as other faculty members Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet; Véronique Mathieu, violin; Hannah Collins, cello; Mark Ferrell, piano; and retired lecturer Larry Rice, bass. 

In 2005, “Statuesque” premiered in Swarthout Recital Hall with Heggie playing piano. Heggie, whose opera “Dead Man Walking,” made its Kansas City debut earlier this month, will be at Sunday’s performance. The next day, Heggie will give a talk about his career, which was disrupted by focal dystonia, and will share how he went from a public relations associate at the San Francisco Opera to world-renowned composer. The talk, which will be held on Monday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Swarthout Recital Hall, is free and opened to the public. It will also be streamed live at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/t1g7c.

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

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