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KU to Celebrate Women in Music with Two Concerts

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

LAWRENCE – In a celebration of women in music, the University of Kansas School of Music will host two concerts: one on Saturday, Oct. 28 featuring all women composers and another on Monday, Oct. 30 highlighting treble choirs and female conductors.

On Saturday, the International Alliance for Women in Music will hold its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. Admission is free. The concert will showcase compositions by nine women composers that will be performed by the Kansas Virtuosi. The works were selected from an international call for scores.

The featured composers, who will all be in attendance at the concert, are Jennifer Bellor, Anne Guzzo, Ellen Ruth Harrison, Jennifer Jolley, Amelia S. Kaplan, Seunghee Lee, Victoria Malawey, Tawnie Olson and Jessica Rudman. The Kansas Virtuosi, which highlights the world-class talents of KU faculty artists, will feature Hannah Collins, assistant professor of cello; Michael Compitello, assistant professor of percussion; Michael Kirkendoll, associate professor of piano; Margaret Lambie, a doctoral student in flute performance; Margaret Marco, professor of oboe; Véronique Mathieu, assistant professor of violin; Ellen Sommer, lecturer in piano; and Stephanie Zelnick, associate professor of clarinet.

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) is a global network of women and men working to increase and enhance musical activities and opportunities and to promote all aspects of women in music. The University of Kansas School of Music is hosting IAWM’s annual concert.

On Monday, Oct. 30, the Kansas Treble Choir Festival will host choirs from throughout Kansas to perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas. 

The concert will feature KU Women’s Chorale, Kansas State University Women’s Choir, Lawrence High School Bellissima Treble Choir, Free State High School Aurora Choir, and Frontier Trail Middle School Combine Women’s Choirs of Bel Canto and Belles Chansons. Female conductors will be Mariana Farah, KU associate director of choral activities; Melissa Grady, KU assistant professor of music education; Gretchen Harrison, Frontier Middle School choral director; Janeal Krehbiel, founder and former director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir; Andrea Ramsey, composer and conductor; and Julie Yu-Oppeheim, K-State co-director of choral studies.

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

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

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