Archive for Thursday, October 15, 1998

PRESTIGIOUS CONDUCTOR TO VISIT KU

October 15, 1998

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Frederick Fennell, founder and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and now conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Symphony Orchestra, will work with musicians, present lectures and perform at concerts Monday through Oct. 29 on the Kansas University campus.

The conductor's schedule includes:

  • Tuesday -- ``Composers I Have Known,'' lecture, 2:30 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall; ``At Last, Here Comes the Band,'' lecture, 7:30 p.m., Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.
  • Oct. 22: ``What's Out There for You? ... Lots!,'' lecture, 2:30 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall; ``Chamber Music for Winds,'' recital featuring KU faculty and students and Lawrence musicians with Fennell conducting, 7:30 p.m., Swarthout Recital Hall.
  • Oct. 27: KU Concert Wind Ensemble concert, with Fennell conducting, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center.

He also will conduct the KU Marching Jayhawks in their performance of the national anthem at the Oct. 24 Homecoming football game.

During his time at Eastman, where he received both bachelor's and master's degrees, Fennell served as a guest conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra.

He joined the music faculty at the University of Miami in 1965 as conductor-in-residence. He retired in 1982 and was appointed in 1983 as music director and principal conductor of the Kosei Wind Orchestra in Tokyo. He has built that ensemble into one of the finest and best-known wind bands in the world. The ensemble has recorded 50 CDs.

Fennell's visit to KU marks his ninth appearance with the KU bands in the past 20 years.

All of Fennell's appearances, except the KU Consort Wind Ensemble concert, are free and open to the public.

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