The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra (KUSO) will perform with Joshua Roman, an outstanding young musician who spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. Roman has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s top symphonies. For this concert, he will perform Edward Elgar’s iconic cello concerto.
KUSO is the premier orchestral organization in the KU School of Music, led by the internationally-known Director of Orchestral Activities David Neely. He is recognized for his polished, expressive performances leading the KUSO in repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to 21st-century masterworks. Symphony members are KU students from the School of Music and other degree programs.
In 2013, pianist Yun-Chin Zhou was awarded seven concert prizes and was named a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He also won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. Before coming to the U.S. to study, he appeared with the China National Symphony Orchestra and won top prizes in the 2007 China International and the 2006 Gulangyu Piano Competitions in Xiamen and appeared as soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra.
Comprised of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is under the leadership of nine-time Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis has toured the world, sold nearly five million copies of his recordings, won a Pulitzer Prize for Music and serves as the cultural correspondent for CBS This Morning.
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Greg Rudnick associate professor of physics and astronomy will discuss how do astronomers study galaxies billions of light years away and billions of years in the past. He will talk about what a galaxy is, how scientists observe them, and how to study their evolution, even though the scale of time is far beyond a human lifetime.