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Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KEYS IN ON STRAUSS

September 19, 1999

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The Kansas Univerity Symphony Orchestra will present a concert tribute to Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center.

Brian Priestman, director of orchestral activities, is conductor of the orchestra. He will be assisted by Jack Roller, Tulsa, Okla., and Trond Saeverud, Olathe, both doctoral candidates in conducting.

Guest soloists for the concert are John Boulton, flutist, and the KU Chamber Choir, directed by Simon Carrington.

Priestman said the opening program is devoted to the memory of Strauss, who died in 1899. Strauss perfected the type of ballroom music that will ever be associated with Vienna and the culmination of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

"Johann Jr. is best remembered today for the charm, elegance, sophistication and vivacity of his music as well as the sweep of his melodies," Priestman said. "He managed to get away from the monotony of the regular 3/4 pulse of the waltz by the judicious use of pauses and syncopation, and interspersed the regular forms of his dance music with mood pictures."

The symphony orchestra will open with the overture to Strauss' opera "Die Fledermaus" followed by his "Emperor Waltzes." Boulton will then be featured on "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra" by Cecile Chaminade.

The remainder of the program includes "Espana" by Emmanuel Chabrier; five spirituals from "A Child of our Time" by Sir Michael Tippett, featuring the KU Chamber Choir; "Perpetuum Mobile," "The Beautiful Blue Danube" and "Thunder & Lightning Polka," all by Strauss; "Pizzicato Polka" by brothers Joseph and Johann Strauss; and the overture to the opera "William Tell" by Gioacchino Rossini.

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

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