The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble

Paul W. Popiel, conductor

2017-18 Concert Season


September 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
Robert E. Foster, director of bands emeritus, guest conductor
The KU Wind Ensemble opens the concert season paying tribute to the life of composer Karel Husa with a performance of his epic Music for Prague, 1968.  Joined by guest conductor Robert E. Foster, director of bands emeritus, the program will feature Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles, and works by Sousa, Grainger, and more!
 
October 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
The Wind Ensemble will perform chamber works for winds by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Koetsier, followed by the KU Symphonic Band performing the Symphonic Suite of Clifton Williams, and works by Richard Wagner, and Frank Ticheli.
 
November 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
Guest soloist James Walker, flute and the KU Men’s Chorus
Joined by special guest James Walker, flutist extraordinaire, we present the Kansas premiere of Frank Ticheli’s Silver Lining: Concerto for Flute, as well as a memorial to composer David Maslanka with his powerful and stirring Liberation for wind ensemble and men’s chorus. The program closes with Percy Grainger’s beloved Lincolnshire Posy.
 
February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
Prairie Winds Festival
With guest artists The Boston Brass; Tia Fuller, saxophone great and featured soloist with Beyoncé; and Beijing Conservatory conductor Zhonghui Dai, this program is certain to have something for everyone as part of our annual Prairie Winds Festival. Our guests are sponsored by Reach Out Kansas in this shared program with the award-winning KU Jazz Ensemble I.
 
February 19, 7 & 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
John Corigliano, composer-in-residence
The program opens at 7 p.m. with the Liberty High School Wind Ensemble and conductor Eddie Owen, followed by the KU Wind Ensemble with special guest composer in residence John Corigliano, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and an Oscar. We feature the world premiere of the wind ensemble version of Corigliano’s Stomp, as well as a performance of his Gazebo Dances, as part of Mr. Corigliano’s 80th birthday party weekend!
 
April 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center
Kevin Walczyk and Aaron Perrine, composers-in-residence
Michael Compitello, soloist
The wind ensemble joins forces with Jazz Ensemble I for a sneak preview of the world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. of Kevin Walczyk’s epic Symphony #5 - Freedom from Fear: Images from the Shoreline, a work addressing the worldwide immigration crisis and the concept of freedom from fear for displaced peoples. Other works include the world premiere of Aaron Perrine’s concerto for percussion and wind ensemble, and Joseph Schwantner’s masterwork, …and the mountains rising nowhere.
 
April 29, 3 p.m. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre,  Washington D.C.
With both pieces and the performance sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, we proudly present Dan Gailey’s Palos Nuevos, an original jazz Flamenco composition for jazz ensemble, and the world premiere of Kevin Walczyk’s epic Symphony #5 - Freedom from Fear: Images from the Shoreline, a work addressing the worldwide immigration crisis and the concept of freedom from fear for displaced peoples.
 
A full listing of our concert programming is below.
 
The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
2017-18 Concert Season
 
September 25, 2017
Lied Center of Kansas 7:30 p.m.
The White Rose March (1917) - John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) 
Music for Prague, 1968 (1968) - Karel Husa (1921-2016) 
                        In memoriam Karel Husa
Intrada 1631 (2003) - Stephen Montague (b. 1943)
                        Nick Waldron, conductor
"Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada (1889-90) - Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), trans. Leidzén            
                        Robert E. Foster, Director of Bands Emeritus, guest conductor
Dagny Builds a Train (2017) - Bonnie McClarty (b.1983) 
                        Robert E. Foster Composition Award Winner 2017
                        world premiere
Molly on the Shore (1920) - Percy Grainger (1882-1961)/ed. Rogers 
 
October 12, 2017 shared with Symphonic Band
Lied Center of Kansas 7:30 p.m.
Largo & Menuet from Serenade no. 10, k. 361 (1783) - W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
                        Brooke Humfeld, guest conductor
Nocturno (1826) - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) /ed. Hogwood 
                        Nick Waldron, guest conductor
Symphony for Brass Tentet (1980) - Jan Koetsier (1911-2006) 
 
November 8, 2017
Lied Center of Kansas 7:30 p.m.
Guest soloist James Walker, flute
KU Men’s Chorus
Liberation (2010) - David Maslanka (1943-2017) 
                      In memoriam, David Maslanka
Silver Lining: Concerto for Flute (2017) - Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
                     James Walker, soloist  Kansas premiere
Lincolnshire Posy (1937) - Percy Grainger (1882-1961)/ed. Fennell     
                     Brooke Humfeld, guest conductor
American Flute Salute (2010) - David Mairs (b. 1947) 
                    James Walker, soloist
 
February 3, 2018
Lied Center of Kansas 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artists The Boston Brass, Tia Fuller and Zhonghui Dai
Procession of the Nobles (1889-1900) - Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
1-2 Guest artist selections, TBD

February 16, 2018
Liberty High School Wind Ensemble 7 p.m.
John Corigliano, resident composer
Eddie Owen, guest conductor
An Original Suite - Gordon Jacob/ed. Heidenreich
​Klaxon March (1929) - Henry Fillmore (1881-1956)
​     Eddie Owen, guest conductor
Internet Symphony #1 Eroica (2015) - Tan Dun (b. 1957)
     Nick Waldron, conductor
Paynter Four Scottish Dances (1978) - Malcom Arnold (1921-2006)
Stomp (2016) - John Corigliano (b. 1938)/tr. Humfeld
     Brooke Humfeld, conductor
     world premiere
The Frozen Cathedral - John Mackey
 
February 19, 2018
Lied Center of Kansas Liberty High School Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m.
KU Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m.
John Corigliano, resident composer
Eddie Owen, guest conductor
Dancing on Water (2015) - Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
Eddie’s Favorite March TBD
                        Eddie Owen, guest conductor
Internet Symphony #1 “Eroica” (2015) - Tan Dun (b. 1957) 
                        Nick Waldron, conductor
Four Scottish Dances (1978) - Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)/Paynter 
Stomp (2016) - John Corigliano (b. 1938)/tr. Humfeld 
                        Brooke Humfeld, conductor  wind ensemble world premiere
Gazebo Dances (1972) - John Corigliano (b. 1938)  
 
April 18, 2018
Blue Valley North Wind Ensemble
Daniel Freeman, conductor
Lied Center of Kansas 7:30 p.m.
Michael Compitello soloist
Jazz Ensemble I
 “TBA” (2018) - Kai Ono (b. 1995)
                        world premiere
...and the mountains rising nowhere (1977) - Joseph Schwantner (b. 1943) 
                        Nick Waldron, conductor
Percussion Concerto - Title TBA (2018) - Aaron Perrine (b. 1979) 
                        Michael Compitello, soloist           
                        Tonya Mitchell, conductor
                        world premiere
Symphony #5 - Freedom From Fear: Images From The Shoreline (2017) - Kevin Walczyk (b. 1964) 
                        world premiere
 
April 29, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre
Washington D.C. 3 p.m.
Palos Nuevos (2017) - Dan Gailey (b. 1962)
Symphony #5 - Freedom From Fear: Images From the Shoreline (2017) - Kevin Walczyk (b. 1974) 
                        world premiere

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