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KU School of Music offers week full of performances for all ages

Friday, April 22, 2016

LAWRENCE – From a children’s concert to an opera gala, the University of Kansas School of Music will offer a wide variety of performances throughout next week as it nears the end of its concert season.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, the KU University Band will perform a children’s concert on the lawn of the KU Natural History Museum. The free concert is one of the many activities that are part of the Second Annual Day of Creativity, a joint event through the Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art and The Commons. The Day of Creativity explores new ways to answer questions surrounding the intersection of the art and sciences.

A fun family event, the concert will feature Big Jay, Kylo Ren from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Toothless from “How to Train your Dragon.” For one piece, the band will accompany a silent movie and children will be able to conduct the band.

In the case of inclement weather, the children’s concert will move to the Natural History Museum’s panorama room.

Also on Sunday, April 24, the KU Collegium Musicum will present its spring concert, “A Delightful Miscellany,” at 7:30 p.m. at Swarthout Recital Hall. Performing works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the concert will include both the Vocal Collegium Musicum, conducted by Paul Tucker, director of choral activities, and the Instrumental Collegium Musicum, led by Paul Tucker, professor of musicology.

The concert is free and the public is invited. For more information contact Paul Laird at plaird@ku.edu.

The KU Jazz Ensemble I with vocalist Deborah Brown will perform a reprise of their Jazz at Lincoln Center concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Lied Center of Kansas. Earlier this month, the jazz ensemble, which was named as one of the best collegiate jazz bands in the country by DownBeat magazine, traveled to New York City to perform at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sunday’s concert will feature works the ensemble performed at the world famous venue, including three pieces that had their world premiere there and national award-winning work by junior piano and composition major Kai Ono.

The concert is free, thanks to sponsors Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the Law Offices of Smithyman and Zakoura and The Zakoura Family Foundation. The event will also be streamed live. To follow the live stream, go to https://livestream.com/liedcenter.

The jazz studies program has another concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 when KU Jazz Ensembles II and III perform at the Lied Center. Erik Mahon, a doctoral student in trumpet, will direct KU Jazz Ensemble II in four pieces and Eric Oatts, a master’s student in composition, will direct KU Jazz Ensemble III in three works.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students.

Catherine Roland, artist in residence at St. Olaf College, will present an organ recital 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Bales Organ Recital Hall at the Lied Center. Friday’s program will include works by Dieterich Buxtehude, Johannes Brahms, J.S. Bach and Louis Vierne. The concert is opened to the public and tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office.

On Saturday, April 30, Roland will present a free master class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bales Organ Recital Hall.

The American Organist has described Roland’s organ playing as “transcendent.” The award-winning organist has released several CDs, including two in 2010: Dedication and American Weavings.

For Lied Center ticket or concert information call 785-864-2787 or go to lied.ku.edu.

On Saturday, April 30 more than 160 students will come together for a night of opera favorites at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. The KU Opera Gala, a capstone performance for the School of Music, will be conducted by David Neely, director of orchestral activities, and will showcase the talents of the KU Symphony Orchestra, opera and voice majors and the KU choirs.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall. Tickets are free, thanks to the generous support of sponsors Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the Law Offices of Smithyman and Zakoura and the Zakoura Family Foundation. Tickets must be reserved by calling 816-994-7222 or at www.kauffmancenter.org. Seats are limited. 

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
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KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
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