Archive for Sunday, December 8, 2013

Concerts at Lied Center to feature traditional band, jazz Christmas music

December 8, 2013


Two Kansas University bands will perform traditional and contemporary music, and the KU School of Music will present its annual jazz vespers performance in separate concerts at the Lied Center this week.

The Kansas University Band and Symphonic Band will perform traditional and contemporary music at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Conducted by assistant director of KU bands Sharon Toulouse, the university band will play five pieces, including the official march of the state of Kansas by Duff Middleton. Graduate conductor Benjamin G. Harper will lead “Llwyn Onn” by Brian Hogg.

The symphonic band will perform four pieces featuring “Night on Fire” from John Mackey’s “The Soul Has Many Motions” and “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed. Matthew O. Smith, associate director of KU bands, and graduate conductor Luke D. Johnson will lead the symphonic band.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students, seniors and children.

Also this week at the Lied Center, the KU School of Music will present its 12th Annual Jazz Vespers concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The concert will feature KU Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II, KU Jazz Singers and KU Combo I. Also featured will be KU professor of film and media studies Chuck Berg, tenor saxophone; KU professor of saxophone, Vince Gnojek, saxophone; and KU School of Music Dean Robert Walzel, clarinet.

The program will feature jazz arrangements of holiday favorites by some of the most famous and renowned jazz musicians, including Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and Ernie Wilkins.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students.

Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at the Lied Center box office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at

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