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Spring Fling with Strings to be held at Theatre Lawrence on May 9

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Dave and Gunda Hiebert Concert Series at Theatre Lawrence presents A Spring Fling with Strings on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons will enjoy an evening of musical artistry featuring the diverse talents of multiple performers from the Kansas Virtuosi, faculty of the KU School of Music.

A Spring Fling with Strings will include European masterpieces from three centuries. The first half of the program will feature music from France, including the trio version of Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Jacque Ibert’s Piece for Flute Alone, the ever popular Meditation from “Thais” by Jules Massenet, and finally a little-known musical aperitif by Charles Lefebvre for woodwind quintet. After intermission the program shifts to composers from the Germanic lands in the old Holy Roman Empire, featuring arias by George Frederick Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452. The concert will mark the first performance of the Kansas Virtuosi in the beautiful new Theatre Lawrence since the facility opened in 2013.

The Kansas Virtuosi are artist faculty members in the KU School of Music. With individual performance credentials spanning six continents, major symphony orchestras, and leading opera and musical theater companies, the ensemble represents the finest collection of musical artists in the state of Kansas. Concerts include diverse chamber music repertoire, including traditional masterpieces, little known musical gems, and cutting edge new compositions. Although not all members perform on every concert, programs are designed to offer audiences a variety of musical styles and instrumental/vocal combinations. With a variety of music, performed at the highest artistic level, programs are designed to reward concert-goers with unique and memorable good music experiences.

Performers include: Julia Broxholm, Soprano; Sarah Frisof, Flute;  Margaret Marco, Oboe; Veronique Mathieu, Violin; Ellen Sommer, Piano; Paul Stevens, French Horn; Eric Stomberg, Bassoon; Robert Walzel, Clarinet

Tickets are $15 per adult, and $7 per student and are available online at www.theatrelawrence.com, or through the Theatre box office 785-843-7469 weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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