KU Jazz Ensembles II & III and KU University Band present concert combining music and visual art at Lied Center on May 4

Media Contact: J.D. Warnock KU School of Music 785-864-9742 jdwarnock@ku.edu

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Jazz Ensembles II & III and University Band will present a diverse program of music at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the Lied Center of Kansas.

The evening will begin with KU Jazz Ensemble III, led by director Albert Miller, D.M.A. student in tuba performance, presenting Boogie Stop Shuffle and Goodbye Porkpie Hat by Charles Mingus, and Tiger of San Pedro by John LaBarbera. Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies, will direct KU Jazz Ensemble II in performances of Loose Fitting Genes by James Miley, Exactly Like This by Tom Kubis, Gone Without a Trace by George Stone, and Linebacker by Fred Sturm.

Sharon L. Toulouse, assistant director of KU Bands, will conduct the University Band program entitled “Sights and Sounds,” which includes Foundry by John Mackey; The National Game by John Philip Sousa; The Red Balloon by Anne McGinty; American Faces by David Holsinger; Blackwater by Fergal Carroll, led by graduate student conductor Benjamin G. Harper; and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas by Eric Whitacre.

The University Band portion of the program is a unique concert experience that combines music and visual arts. The brainchild of Toulouse, “Sights and Sounds” is a collaboration between the University Band and a KU Art Principles and Practice (Art 104) class led by Professor Ruth Bowman. Without knowing the title, composer, or era of the piece, students in the Art Principles and Practice class were asked to create original works inspired by a 16-second excerpt of music. Each 16-second excerpt was given to two different students, who then competed to win a spot in the slideshow presentation set to accompany the University Band performance of David Holsinger’s American Faces. All of the artwork created for the project will be on display the evening of the concert in the lobby of the Lied Center.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office, by phone at 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu.

For more information about the KU Jazz Studies program visit: http://music.ku.edu/jazz For more information about Dan Gailey visit: http://music.ku.edu/dan-gailey For more information about the KU University Band visit: https://music.ku.edu/band/universityband For more information about Sharon Toulouse visit: https://music.ku.edu/sharon-toulouse

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

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