KU News Release

Feb. 15, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

KU Symphony Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet begin Kansas tour Feb. 26

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet will kick off a tour of Kansas on Friday, Feb. 26.

The tour will take the groups to Wichita, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Salina and will include five KU Alumni Association chapter receptions, including one with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Feb. 28 in Great Bend.

The tour idea came about when James Zakoura, a KU alumnus and supporter of the School of Music, attended the 2008 Collage Concert and wanted to share the music with other areas in Kansas. Zakoura worked with Dina P. Evans, career services and outreach coordinator at the School of Music, and the KU Alumni Association to coordinate the tour.

“It’s a privilege for the school to take our music outside of Murphy Hall and share it with the people of Kansas, and we are grateful for Jim’s support, as well as that of the Zakoura Family Fund and Reach Out Kansas Inc.,” said Evans.

A timetable for the tour is below.

Feb. 26
— Reception with Wichita chapter of the KU Alumni Association, 6:30 p.m., Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, 515 S. Main
— Concert, 8 p.m., Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita (in conjunction with the Kansas Music Educators Association conference)

Feb. 27
— Western Kansas chapter reception, 1 p.m., Dodge City High School, 2603 Kingfish Drive
— Concert, 2 p.m., Dodge City High School
— Great Plains chapter reception, 7 p.m., Garden City Clarion Hotel, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.
— Concert, 8 p.m., Garden City Clarion Hotel

Feb. 28
— Golden Belt chapter reception with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, 1 p.m., Great Bend City Auditorium, 1214 Stone St.
— Concert, 2 p.m., Great Bend City Auditorium
— North Central chapter reception, 7 p.m., Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina
— Concert, 8 p.m., Stiefel Theatre

Alumni in Wichita, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Salina will receive e-mails that include additional details about each event.

“The KU Alumni Association has a strong relationship with the School of Music, and together we deliver their programs and students to our local alumni chapters,” said Heath Peterson, director of Kansas programs for the KU Alumni Association. “These programs are a great way to engage alumni in the life of the university, attract prospective students interested in music and KU and put on display the outstanding student talent at the University of Kansas.”

The tour is supported through gifts from James Zakoura, Overland Park; the Zakoura Family Foundation; the Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura, Overland Park; and Reach Out Kansas Inc.

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