Performances by the U.S. Marine Band Woodwind Quintet, the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet and the Kansas Brass Quintet are among the highlights of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors' two-conference Friday and Saturday at Kansas University.
The conference marks the 50th anniversary of the NACWPI National Symposium, an event that offers concerts, clinics and educational presentations for music educators, students and music lovers.
The Kansas University Symphonic Band, conducted by Robert E. Foster, the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet and the Kansas Brass Quintet with percussionist John Parks will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.
The program includes "Awayday" by Adam Gorb; "Peace Variations" by Foster; and "Capriccio for Saxophone Quartet and Band" by Warren Barker. The brass quintet will join the band and solo percussion to perform "Quintessence" by David Gillingham.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
The conference's grand finale concert is free and open to the public, and will feature the Kansas Percussion Ensemble, the U.S. Marine Band Woodwind Quintet and the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
A variety of recitals and clinics will be offered during the workshop in Murphy Hall:
Recitals: The Planel Trio, Kansas University, and Pamela Youngblood, flute, Texas Woman's University, 10 a.m.; "The Musical Odd Couple, Duos for Tuba and Percussion," Joseph Skillen, tuba, and Michael Kingan, percussion, Louisiana State University, and The Devienne Trio, Texas Tech University, 11 a.m.; Trio Vindaloo, University of Louisiana-Monroe, and Lynx Duo, Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Florida, 1:30 p.m.; University of Georgia Woodwind Quartet, 2:30 p.m.; David Vining, trombone, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Ani Berberian, clarinet, Southwest Missouri State University, 3:30 p.m.
Clinics/lectures: "The Music of Joan Tower and Her Intuitive Compositional Approach," Berberian, 10 a.m.; "Developing Web Course Modules to Enhance Music Education Methods Classes," Ross Walter, Virginia Commonwealth University, 11 a.m.; "Optimizing Outreach Opportunities: A Guide to School Gigs for the University and Professional Musician," AirFare, Utah State University, 1:30 p.m.; "Unrecognized Genius? Music by Women Composers," Youngblood, 2:30 p.m.; "Resources for Musicians' Performance Injuries," Skillen, 3:30 p.m.
Recitals: Will Kimball, trombone, Arkansas Tech University, and Mariah Winds, Texas Tech University, 9 a.m.; AirFare, and David Spies, tuba, Southeast Oklahoma State University, 10 a.m.; Charles Gates, cornet, University of Mississippi, and KU's Kansas Woodwinds, 11 a.m.; U.S. Marine Band Woodwind Quintet, 1:30 p.m.; U.S. Marine Band Woodwind Quintet separate clinics for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, and Harvey Pittel Quartet clinic for saxophones, 2:30 p.m.; Karen Garrison, flute, Southwest Missouri State University, Bruce Gbur, contrabass bassoon, Kansas State University, Lisa Garner, flute, Texas Tech University, and Ross Walter, low brass, Virginia Commonwealth University, 3:30 p.m.
Clinics/lectures: "New Music for Woodwind Quartet: Meeting a Need for Repertoire," the Konza Prairie Chamber Players, Kansas State University, 9 a.m.; "Practice Strategies A to Z," Michael Dean, Southern Utah University, 10 a.m.; "Strategies for Music Memorization," Vining, 11 a.m.; "Everything the Young Brass Player Should Know but Doesn't," Jeffrey Williams, University of Oregon, 2:30 p.m.; "Using a Computer in Teaching Studio," James A. West, Louisiana State University, 3:30 p.m.
The conference is free to K-12 educators and students. Otherwise, it's $15 a day. Concert tickets are available at the Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477; and the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS.