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Archive for Thursday, April 30, 1998

POPS CONCERT TO PREMIERE CHILCOTT COMPOSITION

April 30, 1998

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The concert will feature the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra and several choirs.

The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs will present ``A Spring Pops Concert'' at 7:30 pm. Sunday in the Lied Center.

Performing with KUSO will be the KU Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club, University Singers, Women's Chorale, Oread Consort and Collegium Musicum Vocal Consort.

Conductors will be Simon Carrington, professor and director of choral activities; Brian Priestman, professor and director of orchestral activities; and choral conducting doctoral students Jeffrey Carter, Tecwyn Evans, Rob Reid and Terri Teal.

Priestman said he and Carrington planned this concert around the pops concept made popular by the Boston Pops Orchestra. The first half contains Americana music while the second half includes an excerpt from Verdi's opera ``Aida'' and ``Jubilate,'' the world premiere of a work written for the KU choral division by Bob Chilcott.

The piece is dedicated to Carrington and the Chamber Choir and was commissioned by Helen and Walter Crockett, of Lawrence, and the KU department of music and dance.

The program will open with the orchestra performing the overture to ``Candide,'' by Leonard Bernstein; ``Adagio for Strings,'' by Samuel Barber; and ``An American in Paris,'' by George Gershwin.

The combined choirs will then perform ``A Tribute to Robert Shaw and Alice Parker,'' including ``Camptown Races,'' ``Ride on, King Jesus'' and ``Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child''; and ``Hark, I hear the harps eternal,'' a traditional hymn.

Chilcott's ``Jubilate,'' completed this year, will be performed by the Chamber Choir and Oread Consort with Carrington conducting. Soloists are Julia McLaren, soprano, and Doug O'Neill, piano.

To close the concert, the Combined Choirs and KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Priestman, will perform the ``Finale'' from Act II of ``Aida,'' featuring soloists Steve Timoner, Norman Paige, Wendy Zaro, Ruby Poulson, Chris Thompson and Carrington.

Tickets are on sale at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and the Student Union Activities Box Office in the Kansas Union, 864-3477.

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