LAWRENCE, Kan. – Special guests Boston Brass and saxophonist Chris Vadala will join the KU Wind Ensemble and KU Jazz Ensemble I for a concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Lied Center of Kansas.
Paul W. Popiel, director of bands, will conduct the KU Wind Ensemble, the school’s premier wind band. Dan Gailey, director of jazz studies, will direct the award-winning KU Jazz Ensemble I. 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 lied.ku.edu.
Concert highlights will be the lively Boston Brass and Vadala, one of the country’s foremost woodwind artists. With more than a 100 performances a year, Boston Brass has performed for audiences around the world using a wide range of musical styles and unique arrangements in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Vadala has appeared on more than 100 recordings including performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums. The director of jazz studies at the University of Maryland, Vadala has two Grammys, two Emmys and one Golden Globe award.
Boston Brass and Vadala also are the featured guest artists at the 14th Annual Prairie Winds Festival, which will run from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5. High school students from across the state and country come to Lawrence for the three-day festival that provides advanced instruction on wind instruments and percussion. While at KU, high school students participate in master classes, clinics and chamber ensembles. The festival will conclude with a free public concert at 12:30 p.m., Sunday Feb. 5 at the Lied Center.
Boston Brass and Vadala’s visit to KU is made possible through the generous support of Reach Out Kansas, Inc.
For more information contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.