The Kansas University Concert Wind Ensemble will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lied Center.
Robert E. Foster, KU director of bands, and James Barnes, associate
director of bands, are conductors of the 57-piece ensemble.
The wind band will open with "Polonaise" from "Christmas Night," the opera by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Other works on the program include:
- "Chorale and Alleluia," by Howard Hanson, a piece the U.S. Marine Band premiered in 1954.
- "Divertimento for Band," by Vincent Persichetti, a suite of six light
pieces in varying styles and moods.
- "Sussex Carol," the traditional English carol, newly arranged by Foster. The newer setting begins with a simple statement of the original carol then undergoes a variety of treatments.
- "Russian Christmas Music," by Alfred Reed, which includes the old Russian "Carol of the Little Russian Children."
- "Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice," by Ron Nelson, a work
completed in 1989 as a commission for the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.
- "La Boutique Fantasque," a nine-part work adapted from various works by Gioachino Rossini.
- "Scenes from 'The Louvre'," by Norman Dello Joio, taken from the original score of the Emmy Award-winning NBC-TV special of 1964.
- "Rhapsody on Christmas Carols," written in 1986 by the late composer and KU alumnus Claude T. Smith. A number of favorite carols are incorporated into the work.
Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Activities Box Office in the Kansas Union, 864-3477.