LAWRENCE —This month, the University of Kansas School of Music will present “The Music that Unites Us,” a musical program that promises to lift up the commonalities of our collective humanity.
Featuring the talents of the KU Symphony Orchestra, KU Choirs and soloists, F.L. Schlagle Choir and students from Haskell Indian Nations University, the program will include a culturally diverse selection of traditional and contemporary works.
“Music That Unites Us” will be performed twice. The first performance is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri. The concert is free, but tickets are required. An encore performance will be held in Lawrence at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Lied Center of Kansas, a free event where tickets are not needed.
A highlight at both concerts will be the performance of Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” which will be narrated by Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James on Nov. 13 and by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Nov. 20. The program also will include songs that pull from the First Nations, Spiritual and Mexican traditions as well as John Williams’ popular film score from “Amistad” and Bette Midler’s classic “From a Distance.”
“Recently our country and communities have faced difficult conversations around discrimination and social justice. As musicians, we have a unique way to respond through melody, harmony and rhythm” said Robert Walzel, Dean of the KU School of Music. “With support from our Uniting Sponsors, we hope the life changing power of music will inspire understanding and inclusiveness throughout our communities.”
The concert is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Jim Zakoura, Lee Smithyman and the law offices of Smithyman & Zakoura. Along with the KU School of Music, support for the concert comes from the KU Office of the Chancellor, the KU Office of the Provost and more than 40 uniting sponsors from around KU and the community.
Tickets and more information about the the Nov. 13 concert at the Kauffman Center can be found at kauffmancenter.org or 816-994-7222. More information about the Nov. 20 concert at the Lied Center can be found at lied.ku.edu.