LAWRENCE, KS — The KU Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) will perform on Monday, February 18th, 7:30 pm, at the Lied Center. Carlos Espinosa, graduate student, will conduct the orchestra during this performance.
The performance features KU junior Jessica Findley, bassoonist, and Evan Hunter, recent KU graduate in music composition. Findley won the 2012 KU Symphony Concerto Competition playing Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon” and will be the featured soloist performing the same work, accompanied by the orchestra. Hunter was awarded the 2012 George Lawner Prize for orchestral composition for his composition, “Majestic Overture,” which will be performed by the orchestra at the concert.
Additionally, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8 in G” will be performed. “Festive Overture,” composed for the Bolshoi Theatre’s concert celebrating the Russian Revolution’s 37thanniversary, has an effervescent, cheerful and uncomplicated mood. “Symphony No. 8 in G” has an autumnal character with wistful, folk-like themes.
Tickets are $7/general admission and $5/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Lied Center Box Office at 785-864-2787 or at www.lied.ku.edu.
About Carlos Espinosa
Carlos Espinosa is a doctoral student in orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas, studying with David Neely,director of orchestral activities and associate professor of music. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and completed his Master of Music at Michigan State. Espinosa serves as principal conductor of the Taneycomo Music Festival in Branson, MO. He isthe first assistant conductorat the Hot Springs Music Festival, where he is currently completing a three-yearresidency. Additionally,Espinosa has conducted in masterclasses with Leonard Slatkin and David Lockington.
About the KU Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by David Neely, the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) is one of the outstanding collegiate orchestras in the country, performing well-known works from the standard repertoire for orchestra, as well as less familiar literature. In addition to diverse selections from all periods and styles, the KUSO performs of works by KU student composers, and has initiated a concerto competition in the fall, with winners appearing at a concert in the spring. Founded in 1904, the orchestra program at the University of Kansas is one of the oldest in the nation. The orchestra also performs in KU Opera productions and in University Theatre productions, and collaborates with KU's Division of Choral Music in the presentation of large scale choral and orchestral works and the annual Holiday Vespers concerts.
The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra provides performance majors the highest quality preparation for a professional career in orchestral playing. The orchestra serves as a teaching tool for all music majors as they acquire a familiarity with the orchestral repertoire.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.