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Lasso update: KU Wind Ensemble nets New York Times review

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French horn players Stephen Meiller and Muriel Hague, along with members of the Kansas University Wind Ensemble, rehearse "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Murphy Hall. The ensemble will travel to New York to perform the world premiere of the piece, by New York composer Mohammed Fairouz, at Carnegie Hall.

French horn players Stephen Meiller and Muriel Hague, along with members of the Kansas University Wind Ensemble, rehearse "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Murphy Hall. The ensemble will travel to New York to perform the world premiere of the piece, by New York composer Mohammed Fairouz, at Carnegie Hall. by Richard Gwin

I reported in Friday's Lasso that we heard The New York Times might be reviewing the KU Wind Ensemble's March 26 performance at Carnegie Hall, but I couldn't find that they had.

Turns out The Times did publish a review of the show — and it was a good one. The critic writes that the ensemble, "one of America's most esteemed concert bands," performed composer Mohammed Fairouz’s new work "with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation for its members and for Mr. Fairouz."

Many thanks to the reader who emailed me the link this weekend! (I went looking for the writeup Thursday night, but that was too soon. It published on The Times' Website on Friday.) For more on the wind ensemble's performance of Fairouz's 9/11-inspired "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall, plus ticket information for Tuesday's encore performance at the Lied Center, see my previous story, "Big impact, big stage: KU Wind Ensemble to perform world premiere of weighty work at Carnegie Hall."

Composer Mohammed Fairouz of New York works with the Kansas University Wind Ensemble during a rehearsal of Fairouz's work, "In the Shadow of No Towers," at Murphy Hall. The ensemble will travel to New York to perform the world premiere of the piece at Carnegie Hall.

Composer Mohammed Fairouz of New York works with the Kansas University Wind Ensemble during a rehearsal of Fairouz's work, "In the Shadow of No Towers," at Murphy Hall. The ensemble will travel to New York to perform the world premiere of the piece at Carnegie Hall. by Richard Gwin

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