LAWRENCE – In celebration of the new academic year, the KU School of Music will kick off the 2017-2018 performance season with the 18th Annual Collage Concert. The concert is the first of 19 performances that will feature School of Music students at the Lied Center of Kansas throughout the school year.
The Collage Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Tickets to the Collage Concert are $16 for adults and $11 for seniors and children. KU students with a valid ID will be admitted free. The Collage Concert will be live streamed for those who cannot attend the performance. A link to the live stream is available at livestream.com/liedcenter .
Pulling from the School of Music's many ensembles and soloists, the Collage Concert is the school’s most musically diverse performance of the year and showcases its wide array of talent and disciplines. This year’s concert will feature the KU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, Symphony Orchestra, Brass and Percussion Ensemble, KU West African Drum Ensemble, saxophone and cello quartets as well as talented clarinet, violin, piano and voice soloists. As in years past, the concert will end with a rousing performance by the KU Marching Jayhawks.
The proceeds from the Collage Concert benefit the Student Opportunity Fund, which helps students interested in traveling throughout the United States and abroad to defray the costs of participating in conferences and competitions.
Throughout the school year, audiences will have multiple opportunities to hear the KU Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, University Band and Symphonic Band perform at the Lied Center. Highlights include the 93rd Annual Vespers concert on Dec. 3 featuring the KU Choirs and Symphony Orchestra; the Eighth Annual Scholarship Concert on Feb. 18 celebrating the work of the Pulitzer Prize, Grammy and Oscar award-winning composer John Corigliano, who plans to attend the concert; and the combined KU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I concert on April 18, which will be a preview of their April 29 concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. That concert will include the original work “Freedom From Fear: Images from the Shoreline,” composed by Kevin Walczyk and commissioned by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.