LAWRENCE, KS —The KU Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) will perform on Sunday, March 10, 7:30 pm, at the Lied Center.Urs-Michael Theus is the guest conductor.
Theus graduated from the HochschulefürMusik Dresden, studying under professorHartmutHaehnchen. He also participated in master classes of Heinz Rögner, Max Pommer and Olaf Koch.
His career has led him to the ErfurterOpernhaus, the ThüringischesSinfonieorchester Gotha and the Theater Magdeburg. Additionally, Theus has worked with many German orchestras, including the Hamburger Symphoniker, the StaatsorchesterBraunschweig, the HalleschenPhilharmonie, the MagdeburgeschenPhilharmonie and the PhilharmonischenOrchesterLübeck. He has also worked with many well-known singers and instrumental artists, such as Peter Rösel, ArkadyZenziper, Ruggiero Ricci, Miriam Konzen, Andrej Dogadin, Hirano Masataka, Andrea Dukas-Löwenstein, Anna and Ines Walachowski, Daniel Behle, BoikoSvetanov and RicardaMerbeth.
Theus has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and has toured in many different countries, including Russia, Poland, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. In summer 2007 he made his debut as a conductor at the EutinerFestspiele and has repeatedly worked as the music director, conducting operas broadcast live on the Germany’s NDR.
Currently, he is the principal conductor of the LüneburgerSinfoniker and is the music director of the Theater Lüneburg. At the HochschulefürMusik und Theater Hamburg, he supports the opera class by taking care of the new singers and by supporting as a piano player. Theus is very familiar with all genres and epoques and he offers a wide range of diverse competencies in music. He is experienced with baroque compositions that are interpreted in close relation to the original version, as well as with first performances of contemporary compositions.
The KU Symphony Orchestra program will feature works from Felix Mendelssohn, Georg ChristophWagenseil and Paul Hindemith.
Tickets are $7/general admission and $5/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Lied Center Box Office at 785-864-2787 or at www.lied.ku.edu.
About the KU Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by David Neely, the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) is one of the outstanding collegiate orchestras in the country, performing well-known works from the standard repertoire for orchestra, as well as less familiar literature. In addition to diverse selections from all periods and styles, the KUSO performsworks by KU student composers, and has initiated a concerto competition in the fall, with winners appearing at a concert in the spring. Founded in 1904, the orchestra program at the University of Kansas is one of the oldest in the nation. The orchestra also performs in KU Opera productions and in University Theatre productions, and collaborates with KU's division of Choral Music in the presentation of large scale choral and orchestral works and the annual Holiday Vespers concerts.
The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra provides performance majors the highest quality preparation for a professional career in orchestral playing. The orchestra serves as a teaching tool for all music majors as they acquire a familiarity with the orchestral repertoire.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.