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KU Wind Ensemble and Crossroads Wind Symphony Celebrate Women Composers in Concert

Thursday, November 4, 2021

LAWRENCE – On November 16, the KU Wind Ensemble and Crossroads Wind Symphony will present a joint concert featuring the work of women composers.

The program includes works by Pulitzer Prize winner Tania Léon, three-time Emmy award winner Julie Giroux, Grammy Award winner Augusta Read Thomas, KU faculty composer Ingrid Stölzel and more! The concert will also feature a spectacular light show during the program.

Introductions will be done by Margaret Marco, the School of Music’s new Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), and Jennnifer Antonetti, the President of the Kansas Chapter of Women Band Directors International and KU Music Alumna.

Described by the New York Times as “one of America’s most esteemed concert bands,” the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at the University of Kansas, conducted by Paul W. Popiel.

The Crossroads Wind Symphony is an adult wind band, also led by Popiel, and is comprised of Missouri and Kansas musicians, most of whom are music educators.

Conducted by Paul W. Popiel and guest conductors Lucas Peterson and Tom Davoren, the concert will take place on November 16 at 7:30 pm at the Lied Center of Kansas. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $11 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Box Office by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu.

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


Media Contact:

Kylie Smith (she/her/hers)

Director of External Affairs

KU School of Music

(785) 864-4104


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