LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Music will kick-off the 2018-2019 performance season with the 19th Annual Collage Concert, a free celebration of the school’s many musical offerings. The concert is the first of 18 performances this school year featuring School of Music students at the Lied Center of Kansas.
The Collage Concert is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. In conjunction with the Lied Center’s 25th anniversary celebration, the performance is free and part of the Lied Loves Lawrence festival. Following the Collage Concert, Quixotic will give a multi-sensory performance outside the building.
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, and brass, percussion, harp and bassoon ensembles, as well as saxophone and horn quartets. The concert also includes talented clarinet, violin, flute, 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, Symphonic Band and University Band perform at the Lied Center. Returning for two performances on Dec. 2 is one of the most popular performances of the year, the 94th Annual Vespers concert featuring the KU Choirs and Symphony Orchestra. Concerts will be held at 2:30 and 7:30. Pre-Vespers performances will be at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. in Bales Organ Recital Hall.
Along with performances at the Lied Center, the KU School of Music will take their talents on the road this semester. On the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carolyn Watson, will commemorate the end of World War I with the concert A Centenary of Conflict at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri on Nov 11. Later that month, KU Choirs, directed by Paul Tucker, with the KU Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with a Vespers on the Road concert on Nov. 30 at the Carlsen Center in Overland Park.
For a complete list of concerts and for more information go to music.ku.edu
. To purchase tickets, go to lied.ku.edu or call 785-864-2787. Ticket packages are available. For those unable to attend, all Lied Center concerts are streamed live at livestream.com/liedcenter
KU School of Music Fall Ensemble Performances
Collage Concert | Sept. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas
KU Wind Ensemble | Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas
KU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band | Oct. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas
KU Wind Ensemble | Nov. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas
KU Symphony Orchestra | Nov. 11 | 7 p.m. | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Vespers on the Road | Nov. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College
Pre-Vespers | Dec. 2 | 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. | Bales Organ Recital Hall
Vespers | Dec. 2 | 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas
KU Symphonic Band and University Band | Dec. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Lied Center of Kansas