The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra performs four works remarkable for their distinct themes during the orchestra's concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center.
More than 30 percussion instruments appear in "Ionisation," by futurist composer Edgard Varse. This piece, conducted by KU professor of percussion John Parks, has provided the cornerstone of the Western percussion repertoire in this century.
Like the title implies, Varse explores the concept of electrically charged groups of atoms using the orchestra's instrumental groups.
Igor Stravinksky's "Symphonies of Wind Instruments" is described by KUSO director Brian Priestman as the composer's most austere work with moments of exquisite rapture and inner serenity unparalleled in anything else he ever wrote.
"Serenade for Strings" by Peter Tchaikowsky is a four-movement piece that starts slowly and builds through a waltz toward a spirited finale. The composer himself describes the work being written "from inner conviction."
The orchestra will conclude the concert with "Sheherezade" by the Russian Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Although the composer denied any immediate association, the basic concept somewhat follows the tales of the "Arabian Nights," tracing the tale of the Sultan, the Caliph and the Sheherezade who made herself indispensible.
Admission is $7 general and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477.