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KU Symphony Orchestra to present world premiere of horn and string concerto by Billy Childs at Lied Center on March 11

Monday, March 2, 2015

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Neely, director of orchestral activities, will present a concert on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas.

The centerpiece for the concert is the world premiere performance of renowned composer, Billy Childs’ Concerto for Horn and Strings, featuring soloist Paul Stevens, KU professor of horn. The piece was commissioned through the generosity of the Delores Wunsch Stevens New Music Fund, which was established in 1992 with a gift from Robert S. and Barbara Wunsch of Kingman, KS. This endowed fund was established to support activities in the research, creation, and presentation of new music. The Wunschs established the fund through the Kansas University Endowment Association to honor Robert’s sister, Delores Wunsch Stevens. Stevens’ career and accomplishments grew following being named Outstanding Student of the School of Fine Arts for the four years she attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 1952. Stevens is a concert pianist, who actively performs in many chamber music and new music series around the world, and whose professional career has received accolades from her inspired performances of contemporary music.

The concert also features Hyperion, composed by Chris D. Burton, the 2014 winner of the George Lawner Prize in composition, which will be led by Benjamin Harper, student conductor. Each year the KU Symphony Orchestra reads new orchestral works submitted by KU composers for the George Lawner Prize, an adjudicated competition co-sponsored by the music theory and music composition division and the KU Symphony Orchestra.

Also on the program is Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra by Jean Rivier, which features soloist Margaret Lambie, winner of the student concerto competition. The University of Kansas Concerto Competition highlights excellence in orchestral instrument or piano performance by School of Music students. The annual competition alternates between orchestral instruments and piano. A panel of outside experts from regional institutions adjudicates the competition.

The concert will close with Symphony No. 4, Op. 165 by Alan Hovhaness and will be conducted by student conductor, Raffaele Cipriano.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu. The performance will also be available to watch via live stream by visiting http://new.livestream.com/liedcenter/som-mar11-14.

For more information about the KU Symphony Orchestra visit: http://music.ku.edu/programs/orchestra/

For more information about David Neely visit: https://music.ku.edu/david-neely

For more information about Billy Childs visit: http://www.billychilds.com/

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

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