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The University of Kansas presents Freedom From Fear: Images from the Shoreline

Sunday, April 29, 2018 3:00 PM

The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I combine to perform a new work commissioned by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., a world premiere composition by Kevin Walczyk.

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University of Kansas School of Music
Wind Ensemble
  Paul W. Popiel, conductor
Jazz Ensemble I
  Dan Gailey, director

Kevin Walczyk's Symphony No. 5
Freedom from Fear: images from the Shoreline (World Premiere)

Commissioned by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., the world premiere of this new work will be performed by two ensembles from the University of Kansas School of Music. Walczyk drew inspiration from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address, "Four Freedoms," which identified freedom from fear as a fundamental human right. Underscoring the piece will be shoreline images that speak to courage in the face of violence. Walczyk explains, "The entire work is unified by the concept of freedom from fear as attributed to displaced peoples. Each movement obtains its concept from an image (photograph, painting, or even an image conjured in one's mind) that has a connection to the shoreline."

The second part of the concert will feature "Palos Nuevos: The Jazz/Flamenco Project" which the KU Jazz Ensemble I premiered in Spring 2017. Composed by Dan Gailey and choreographed by Michelle Heffner Hayes, "Palos Nuevos" emulates the flamenco tradition of dialogue between dancer and musician, and the practice of trading fours in jazz improvisation. The suite features Hayes, chair of the KU Department of Dance, performing the baile (dance); Steve Leisring, professor of trumpet, playing the cante (voice); flamenco guitarist Beau Bledsoe as the toque (guitar); and Brandon Draper, KU music lecturer, performing on percussion.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 35 min.