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KU Symphonic Band Concert to Celebrate Women in Music on May 2

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


LAWRENCE, KS – From women composers to conductors and performers, every piece in the KU Symphonic Band’s upcoming concert Women in Music will celebrate the wide range of abilities and talents of women in the field of music. The KU Symphonic Band, conducted by Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands, will perform its final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m., May 2 at the Lied Center of Kansas.

Of the eight works to be performed by the KU Symphonic Band, five will be by women composers, including Ingrid Stölzel, assistant professor of music composition at KU; Alex Shapiro, Julie Giroux, Lisa DeSpain and Kathryn Salfelder.

Along with Toulouse, the concert will feature three other women conductors: Avian Bear, retired director of bands at Blue Valley High School; Janelle Brower, fine arts coordinator at the Blue Valley School District and former director of bands at Olathe North High School; and Deborah Woodall Routledge, band director at Southwest Middle School in Lawrence. These women have earned such accolades as Teacher of the Year, induction into the Kansas Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, Lied Center of Kansas Educator Impact Award, as well as members of the KMEA Mentoring Network. 

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Ginger Turner will be the featured trumpet soloist in James Curnow’s “Concertpiece.” A barrier-breaking musician, Turner was the first female trumpet player in the United States Army Field Band and was the first female noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of the Army Field Band.

The final piece of the evening will be Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday,” and will feature trumpeters Turner, Toulouse and seven female KU students.

All of the concert’s guest artists have made significant contributions to music in Kansas and beyond and have been mentors to Toulouse.

“Traditionally, women have been underrepresented in our field, but with increased awareness and exposure, the contributions of women are being recognized and appreciated. It’s time to celebrate,” Toulouse said. “The concert is just that. A celebration of talent, success and progress through music.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children, seniors and students and can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, at 785-864-2787 or lied.ku.edu. The concert will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/liedcenter/kusb-5-2-19.

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

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