KU School of Music Wind Ensemble: “In the Shadow of No Towers”


  • Categories: Classical
  • Event posted: Nov. 14, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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After their world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s "In the Shadow of No Towers" in late March at Carnegie Hall, the KU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, director of bands, will perform the same work for a regional audience on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:30pm, at the Lied Center of Kansas in Lawrence.

The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble will make the trip of a lifetime later this month when the group performs for the first time at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The KU Wind Ensemble will debut the work commissioned for the ensemble by New York-based composer Fairouz. Additionally, the group will record the piece before they leave for New York, to be released on the Naxos music label in December 2013.

Composer Mohammed Fairouz was first contacted by KU alumnus and School of Music supporter James Zakoura (of Reach Out Kansas, Inc. and Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered) to create a piece specifically for the KU Wind Ensemble. Fairouz composed his work as an examination of living in the post 9/11 world. In the Shadow of No Towers, Fairouz’s first piece written for wind ensemble, is a symphony about the events of 9/11, the days and years that have followed, and how the aftermath has shaped people in today’s political climate. The composition is loosely based on panels created for a graphic novel of the same title by New York-based graphic novelist Art Spiegelman.

“Commissioning and performing this piece is really important for the KU School of Music,” said Popiel. “For me, as both conductor of the group and teacher of these students, I look at this as a really big opportunity for them to grow enormously and then to keep the momentum going from this point. What we’re able to achieve this semester with this program is another starting point for us. Not a pinnacle achievement, but a point in time from which we’ll move forward and upward.”

The performance will open with Philip Glass’ “Concerto for Two Timpanists and Orchestra,” featuring Ji Hye Jung, assistant professor of percussion at KU, and Gwendolyn Burgett, associate professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music.

Tickets to the Lied Center performance are available at no cost, thanks to the generosity of Reach Out Kansas, Inc., The Law Offices of Smithyman & Zakoura – Overland Park, Kansas, and the Zakoura Family Foundation. Contact the Lied Center Box Office at 785-864-2787 for more information.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit http://ku.edu/carnegiehall


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