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KU Wind Ensemble to perform fall concert Tuesday

September 30, 2012

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The Kansas University Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert Tuesday, featuring works of two Pulitzer Prize winners and the Kansas premiere of a work by KU professor James Barnes.

Graduate conductor Chad Simons will lead the ensemble in “Road Stories,” by Jennifer Higdon. Graduate conductor Michael Mapp will conduct “Music for Prague,” by Karel Husa. Director of bands Paul Popiel will conduct “Symphonic Requiem (Seventh Symphony),” by Barnes.

When commissioned to compose “Seventh Symphony,” Barnes combined a requiem and a symphony into one piece intended to portray the heartbreak of three of the most dramatic battles of the Civil War. The piece is concluded by an apotheosis, a hymn of respect and praise for the 668,000 soldiers who perished in the conflict.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave. Tickets are $8, or $6 for students and seniors. For more information, visit music.ku.edu.

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