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Media advisory: Composer for KU Carnegie Hall performance to visit campus Feb. 20

Mon, 02/18/2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Music’s KU Wind Ensemble will open its “In the Shadow of No Towers” rehearsal to members of the media on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The musicians are preparing for their upcoming world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s newest work at Carnegie Hall in late March. An encore performance will be April 2 at the Lied Center. This will be Fairouz’s only visit to Lawrence before the premiere.
 
Date: Feb. 20

Time: Rehearsal, 2 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Interview opportunities begin at 3:50 p.m.
Reporters and photographers are welcome to come any time during the rehearsal and stay for interview opportunities at the end

Interview, audio and photo opportunities:
• Mohammed Fairouz, composer
• Paul Popiel, conductor and director of bands
• KU Wind Ensemble students

Location: Room 130, Murphy Hall, Lawrence campus. A parking garage is conveniently located across from Murphy Hall at the intersection of Irving Hill Road and Naismith Drive.

Please contact the KU School of Music to confirm your attendance or for further information at (785) 864-9742 or kbietka@ku.edu.

For more information about the Carnegie Hall performance, visit ku.edu/carnegiehall.
 



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