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Contact: Becca Ramspott, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-5567..

KU University Band concert offers diverse lineup Dec. 7 at Lied Center

LAWRENCE -- The University Band at the University of Kansas will perform a variety of works in a lively concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Lied Center of Kansas.


James Hudson, associate director of bands, will direct the performance, with Langston Hemenway and Stuart O’Neill as guest conductors.

The program will include the following selections:

“ Sundance” by Frank Ticheli. This work was commissioned for a Texas band festival in 1997.

“ He's Gone Away” by Robert E. Jager, arranged by Stuart O'Neill. This selection will feature O’Neill as guest conductor.

“ Third Suite” by Paul Yaeger.

“ Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland. This work, from Copland's Youth Orchestra Series, was originally a piano piece, and it begins with a flowing, pastoral melody in the upper woodwinds and vibraphone. The climax, near the end, is at fortissimo volume that is gradually reduced to a very low level before concluding.

“ English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Williams, one of the most eminent of contemporary English composers, is known throughout the world for his splendid choral and orchestral works. His interest in wind band has nowhere found more satisfactory expression of his compositional language than this suite. The score is remarkable for its originality and instrumentation. This selection will feature Hemenway as guest conductor.

“ Der Regimentskinder” by Julius Fucik. Fucik wrote the famous “Entry of the Gladiators” march. He became a prolific composer, with more than 400 works to his credit.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and are available at all KU ticket outlets: the Lied Center, (785) 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall, (785) 864-3982; and SUA, (785) 864-3477. For more information on the event, the public may contact the KU Department of Music and Dance at (785) 864-3436.

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