Wind ensemble’s final season concert to feature premiere of ‘Ravenkind’

The Kansas University Wind Ensemble will perform its last concert of the 2012-13 season this week.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Ave. Tickets are $7, or $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the Lied Center box office, online at or by calling 864-2787.

Planned works include Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture, Op. 96” and Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Also, clarinetist Robert Walzel, the KU School of Music dean, will perform the world premiere of “Ravenkind” by Forrest Pierce, KU associate professor of music composition.

“‘Ravenkind’ is what I’m calling a Lyric Concerto, a concerto that attempts to sing rather than fight,” Pierce said in a concert announcement. “It uses an unusually small instrumentation for a wind ensemble piece, and in some ways behaves like chamber music. Since Reading Robert Aitken’s profound “Zen Master Raven,” I’ve been fascinated by the many cultures and works of literature in which ravens are less ravenous and more revelatory.”

The acclaimed Wind Ensemble recently returned from a trip to New York City, where it performed the world premiere of "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall.


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