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KU Symphony Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet plan five city Kansas tour

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mark your calendars-the KU Symphony Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet may be coming to a city near you!

The KU Symphony Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet will kick off a state of Kansas tour on Friday, February 26. This tour will take these groups to Wichita, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Salina, and will include five KU alumni chapter receptions, including one with KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on February 28, in Great Bend.

The tour idea came about when James Zakoura, KU alumnus (d'70, l'72) and supporter/patron of the KU School of Music, attended the 2008 KU School of Fine Arts Collage Concert and wanted to share the music with other areas in Kansas. Mr. Zakoura worked with Dina P. Evans, KU School of Music Career Services and Outreach Coordinator, and the KU Alumni Association to coordinate the tour.
"It's a privilege for the School to take our music outside of Murphy Hall and share it with the people of Kansas, and we are grateful for Jim's support, as well as that of the Zakoura Family Fund and Reach Out Kansas, Inc.," said Evans.

A timetable for the tour is listed below:

  • Feb. 26: 7 p.m. Wichita Chapter reception, followed by 8 p.m. KU Symphony Orchestra concert at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference, Century II Concert Hall in Wichita
  • Feb. 27: 1 p.m. Western Kansas Chapter reception, followed by 2 p.m. concert, Dodge City High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. Great Plains Chapter reception, followed by 8 p.m. concert, Garden City Clarion Hotel
  • Feb. 28: 1 p.m. Golden Belt Chapter reception with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, followed by 2 p.m. concert, Great Bend City Auditorium, 7 p.m. North Central Chapter reception, followed by 8 p.m. concert, Stiefel Theatre in Salina

Alumni in the five communities will receive e-mails that include additional details about each event.

"The KU Alumni Association has a strong relationship with the School of Music and together we deliver their programs and students to our local alumni chapters," said Heath Peterson, Director of Kansas Programs at the KU Alumni Association. "These programs are great way to engage alumni in the life of the University, attract prospective students interested in music and KU, and put on display the outstanding student talent at the University of Kansas."

The tour is supported through gifts from James Zakoura, Overland Park; the Zakoura Family Foundation; the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura, Overland Park, Kansas; and Reach Out Kansas Inc.

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

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