KU School of Music to show off its many faces in Collage Concert

The Lied Center will serve as a one-stop shop of musical talent on Friday night as the Kansas University School of Music presents its 15th annual Collage Concert.

The Collage Concert offers the community an opportunity to see the hard work done by the variety of ensembles made up of university faculty and students.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase all of our major groups and some of our minor groups together in one place to kick off the school year,” says Robert Walzel, dean of the School of Music.

Special ticket package

The KU School of Music is offering a reduced-price ticket package for 10 shows during the 2014-2015 KU School of Music Concerts at the Lied Center season.

Ticket packages are available at the reduced cost of $50 for adults and $25 for children, seniors and students. Package purchasers can select any 10 concerts out of a list of 13. The ticket packages can be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office or by phone at 864-2787. There is a $5 service fee for each order.

The list of concerts that may selected for the package can be found online at music.ku.edu/liedticketpackage.

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

This year’s concert will feature the KU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble, Graduate String Quartet, Graduate Woodwind Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet I and Horn Ensemble, as well as student soloists Etta Fung, soprano, and Jiwon Choi, piano.

As always, Walzel says, the Marching Jayhawks will conclude the evening with familiar spirited songs normally heard at KU football games.

“The Percussion Ensemble is also always a big hit,” Walzel says.

Admission is free to students with a valid ID, $16 for adults and $11 for seniors and children. A reception and special fundraiser will precede the concert in the Pavilion at the Lied Center; tickets to the reception are $85, which include entry to the concert.

All proceeds from the concert and reception will go toward the Student Opportunity Fund, which provides travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students. It gives students the funds they need to present and perform outside of the area, which is very important, Walzel says.

“We help dozens of students each year with this concert,” Walzel says.

In addition to fundraising, the School of Music gets to bring all of its forces together in a “common shared experience” and give the community a sneak preview of full-length performances to come this year, Walzel says.

“It’s a good taste of what we do here,” he says.

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