LAWRENCE – The Partnership for the Arts is pleased to announced its 2016-2017 concert series, with more than 20 performances offering a unique mix of musical styles. The series, with concerts in Lawrence, Kansas City and Overland Park, will feature the world-class talents of University of Kansas School of Music faculty and students, visiting artists and musicians from around the region.
In its seventh year, the concert series is a partnership with Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura, Zakoura Family Foundation and the KU School of Music. All performances in the concert series are open to the public and free of charge.
“This is our biggest year yet,” said Jim Zakoura, president of Reach Out Kansas, Inc. “I’d like to invite everyone to come to these special events sponsored by the Partnerships for the Arts. Experience the arts and experience community with your friends and family.”
The series opens with pianist Sergei Babayan, who will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Swarthout Recital Hall at the KU School of Music.
Other highlights of the season will include a concert and CD release by Steven Spooner, associate professor of piano, on Oct. 29 and the KU Choirs and Symphony Orchestra concert “The Music that Unites Us,” which will be performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 13 and at the Lied Center of Kansas on Nov. 20.
In the spring, the Partnership for the Arts’ is sponsoring the KU Wind Ensemble’s performance at the College Band Directors National Association Conference at the Kauffman Center on March 15. The Borromeo String Quartet will give a concert on April 9 at Swarthout Recital Hall.
The 2016-2017 season will end with Palos Nuevos: The Jazz Flamenco Project, a collaboration featuring KU Jazz Ensemble I directed by Dan Gailey, director of jazz studies; Steve Leisring, associate professor of trumpet; Michelle Heffner Hayes, professor of dance; and guitarist Beau Bledsoe. The concert will be May 3 at the Lied Center.
Along with concerts, the series includes master classes, teaching residencies and workshops, all of which are open to the public.
A full list of concerts can be found here: https://music.ku.edu/reach-out-kansas-inc-concert-series
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.