KU Wind Ensemble
with trumpet player Dai Zhonghui
- Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
- Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
- Cost: $5 - $7
- Age limit: All ages
The Department of Music and Dance in the School of Fine Arts presents the KU Wind Ensemble on Friday, October 3, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center of Kansas. This concert features Dai Zhonghui, professor of trumpet and conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China. Dai Zhonghui is traveling directly from China for this engagement. He will join Steve Leisring, KU professor of trumpet, on stage for a special performance of Carmen Fantasia. The program, entitled "Opera Without Words," features music originally conceived for the stage by Verdi, Mascagni, Hagen, and Kurka. The Wind Ensemble will perform the first half of the concert, and then Dai Zhonghui and Leisring will take the stage to perform a duet of Carmen Fantasia. The Wind Ensemble, which includes one of Dai Zhonghui's former students who is now studying at KU, will accompany the duet. While Dai Zhonghui is visiting KU, he will lead two master classes. He will also be featured in TrumpetFEST on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 in Swarthout Recital Hall. TrumpetFest will also feature Leisring and students of the KU Trumpet Studio and the KU Trumpet Ensemble. TrumpetFest is free and open to the public.Dai Zhonghui has held the position of principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of China for the past ten years. With this orchestra, he has performed in Germany, England, Austria, South America, Australia, Japan, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and more than twenty cities in mainland China. He joined the faculty of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2002, and is the trumpet professor, head of brass, and the founder and director of the Central Conservatory Brass Ensemble. He is also the director and conductor of the Central Conservatory of Music Symphonic Winds Orchestra. Dai Zhonghui is nationally acclaimed as a performer and brass instructor. $7 adults / $5 students & seniorsCall 864-2787 for tickets