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KU School of Music to present “A Bernstein Triptych” this fall

Friday, October 12, 2012

LAWRENCE--The University of Kansas School of Music will present “A Bernstein Triptych” this fall, featuring the works of famed composer Leonard Bernstein.

“Leonard Bernstein is one of the iconic musical personalities of the 20th Century,” said Robert Walzel, Dean of the KU School of Music. “Continuing his legacy of diverse musical creations is important for our students and our musical community.”

“A Bernstein Triptych” will begin with the KU Wind Ensemble performing on November 2, 2012, 7:30pm, at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall, where the ensemble will perform the symphonic suite from Bernstein’s film score to On the Waterfront. Also on the program will be Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and the world premiere of Joni Greene’s “Event Horizon.” KU faculty member Steven Spooner will perform as piano soloist. This event is free, but tickets are required. Contact the Johnson County Community College Yardley Hall Box Office at 913-469-4445 for ticket information. JCCC’s Yardley Hall: 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS, 66210.

On November 13, 2012, the KU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs will travel to Kansas City for the third annual KU School of Music Scholarship Concert at 7:00pm at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The all-Bernstein program will include “Overture to Candide,” “Chichester Psalms,” “Three Meditations from Mass” (featuring KU Professor Ed Laut on cello) and “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.” The annual Scholarship Concert highlights the need for supporting music scholarships at KU while also honoring scholarship donors. This event is free, but tickets are required (and are extremely limited). Contact the Kauffman Box Office at 816-994-7200 for ticket information. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO, 64106.

Both the November 2 and November 13 performances are sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., and the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura, Overland Park, Kansas.

To conclude the Bernstein celebration, KU Opera will present performances of the composer’s one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti and song cycle Arias and Barcarolles on November 16-19, 7:30pm (2:30pm on November 18), in the Robert Baustian Theatre/Murphy Hall (on the KU campus). Tickets are $10/general admission and $5/students and seniors and are available by calling 785-864-3436.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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