• Home
  • KU Wind Ensemble opens concert season with tribute to Karel Husa

KU Wind Ensemble opens concert season with tribute to Karel Husa

Thursday, September 21, 2017



The KU Wind Ensemble will open its 2017-2018 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 at the Lied Center of Kansas.


The KU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, will pay tribute to the life of Czech-American composer Karel Husa by performing his epic “Music for Prague, 1968.” Husa, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for music, died Dec. 14, 2016.


Another highlight will be Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from “Mlada,” which will be conducted by Robert E. Foster, professor emeritus of music education and music therapy. The concert will also include the world premiere of “Dagny Builds a Train,” composed by Bonnie McLarty, a doctoral music composition student and winner of the Robert E. Foster Prize, an award given biennially to the most outstanding wind band work written by a resident KU composition student.


The wind ensemble will also perform Stephen Montague’s “Intrada,” Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” and John Philip Sousa’s “The White Rose March.” 


Tickets for the performance 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​. The performance will be available to watch via live stream.


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


School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.