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KU University and Symphonic bands perform tonight at the Lied Center

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The University of Kansas University Band and Symphonic Band will present a shared concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Lied Center of Kansas.

A concert highlight will be the KU Symphonic Band’s performance of Allen Vizzuti’s “Mystic Warriors,” featuring trumpet soloists Professor Steve Leisring and doctoral student Guangyu Dong. The Symphonic Band’s program will be an encore of the concert the ensemble gave in February at the statewide Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Matthew O. Smith, associate director of bands, will also perform John Mackey’s “This Cruel Moon,” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Slava!.” Graduate conducting student Nick Waldron will guest conduct Richard Danielpour’s “Vox Populi,” and Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands, will guest conduct Henry Fillmore’s “Rolling Thunder.”

The University Band, conducted by Toulouse, will open the concert with Mackey’s “Lightning Field,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” which will be guest conducted by Waldron, Steven Bryant’s “The Machine Awakens,” and Alex Shapiro’s “Tight Squeeze.”

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.

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