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Archive for Thursday, November 27, 1997

KU WIND ENSEMBLE SLATES HOLIDAY CONCERT

November 27, 1997

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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.

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