Conservatory Ensembles Take the Stage in Kauffman Performing Arts Center

By , October 4, 2011 8:05 am

Last Thursday, two of the Conservatory’s ensembles had the opportunity to take the stage in the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Conservatory’s debut in Helzberg Hall marks the beginning of a great year filled with opportunities such as this.

The Concert Jazz Ensemble began the show with Gates BBQ Suite, written by conductor Bobby Watson. Then, the Wind Symphony took the stage. Joining them was PRISM Quartet, who performed William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra, which the quartet commissioned. The show was ended by playing Corigliano’s Circus Maximus, Symphony No. 3 for Large Wind Ensemble.

The crowd’s response to both Conservatory ensembles, and the hall itself, was breathtaking. The ability of each and every audience member to experience the concert in such an intimate setting is truly amazing. The concert filled the 1,000+ seat auditorium.

The Conservatory will have many more opportunities this year to play in this great new space. The Wind Symphony will once again take the stage along with the Choir in February, and the Orchestra will play in April along with the Choir and dancers.

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