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KU Wind Ensemble to premiere clarinet concerto at fall concert

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The KU School of Music Wind Ensemble will present their first concert of the fall on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, where they will perform a new work written by resident composer Kevin Walczyk.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, will premiere Walczyk’s Concerto Scion, a work originally composed for Joseph LeBlanc of “The President’s Own” Marine Band. The work will feature soloist Stephanie Zelnick, assistant professor of clarinet. The Wind Ensemble also will perform Wild Nights! by Frank Ticheli; Variations on a Theme by Haydn by Norman Dello Joio (featuring graduate conductor Michael Mapp); Sparkle by Shafer Mahoney; and “Energetically” from Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi.

Kevin Walczyk is a native of Portland Oregon and received MM and DMA degrees from the University of North Texas where he earned the College of Music’s highest honor – the Hexter Award for outstanding graduate student. As an accomplished jazz arranger and composer, Walczyk refined his craft with prominent jazz arrangers Tom Kubis and Frank Mantooth. Walczyk's works have been commissioned and/or recorded by numerous ensembles and organizations, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Kiev Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Ukraine National Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Third Angle Contemporary Music Ensemble, American Guild of Organists, Hutchins Consort, Thelema Trio, and the MidWest Clinic. His works have been featured throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North America and at new music festivals in the United States, Holland, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Peru. Nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in music and the 2012 Grawemeyer Award, Walczyk’s honors include grants from Meet the Composer, Argosy Foundation, and the American Music Center. He has earned prizes or finalist status from Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ASCAP, BMI, CBDNA, Lionel Hampton Creative Composition Contest, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Synergy project. His works have been selected for participation by the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music Festival, Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, College Band Directors National Association, Southeastern League of Composers, College Music Society, Society of Composers, Inc., and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Walczyk is currently resident composer and professor of composition studies at Western Oregon University, where he has taught since 1995.

Stephanie Zelnick, assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Kansas and Buffet Crampon-sponsored Artist, has performed as a soloist and orchestral clarinetist throughout the U.S., South America, Asia, and Europe to great critical acclaim. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Imani Winds Chamber Institute at the Juilliard School, Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the J. William Fulbright Commission in New York, the 2011 International Clarinet Association Clarinet Festival in Los Angeles, and the European Clarinet Festival in Madrid. Dr. Zelnick is the principal clarinet of the Central City Opera and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in Colorado and has served as principal clarinet of the Mississippi Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna. She has performed on numerous occasions with the Colorado, Tucson, and Kansas City Symphonies. She has appeared as a soloist in venues around the world, including most recently at the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiania, Brazil; the Timisoara Muzicala Academica in Timisoara Romania; the Florida State University; the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad; Serbia, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Berkshire Music Trust in the United Kingdom, and the Academia Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Salerno, Italy, among others. Dr. Zelnick can be heard performing Morton Gould's Derivations as a featured soloist with the KU Wind Ensemble on the Naxos label, Brooke Joyce's Waves of Stone on the Innova label, and Antonio Fraiolis Appunti di Viaggio produced by the Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto label. Her recent solo CD, Diaspora: A Collection of Music by Jewish Composers for the Clarinet explores non-folk Judaic idioms for the instrument. She is a graduate of Rice University, University of Northern Colorado, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.

Tickets for this Lied Center event are $7/general admission and $5/seniors and students and may be purchased at the Lied Center Box Office, 785-864-2787.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU





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