Kansas to perform with ASU orchestra Oct. 20



Article Published: Sep. 29, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 20, 2011
Kansas to perform with ASU orchestra Oct. 20

Classic rockers Kansas will perform with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra Oct. 20.

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Kansas is coming to Boone.

The classic rock outfit, known best for such hits as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son,” will perform Oct. 20 with the Appalachian State University Symphony Orchestra.

Part of Kansas’ Collegiate Symphony Tour, the concert starts at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium on the ASU campus.

Advance tickets are $28 for adults, $16 for students ages 6 to 18, $15 for ASU students and $10 for children 5 and younger.

For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu.



Kansas

Releasing its first album in 1974, Kansas began as a “garage band” in Topeka, Kan. The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album and a million-selling gold single, “Dust in the Wind.”

Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the ’70s and ’80s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums all over the world. Another one of their hits, “Carry On Wayward Son,” was the No. 2 most-played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to No. 1 in 1997.

In 1998, Kansas released an orchestral CD, “Always Never the Same,” recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. They followed with an orchestral tour accompanied by top-caliber symphony orchestras.

In 2010, the band took to the stage once more for the 2010 Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour to raise money and awareness for college music programs with their lead tour sponsor, D’addario & Company.

With the success of the inaugural symphony tour behind it, the band decided to continue on with the 2011 Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour. As a part of this sponsorship and performance at Appalachian State University, D’addario is providing Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music with a product in-kind donation to fit the university’s needs, as well as a scholarship donation for a music industry student.



Appalachian Symphony Orchestra

The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra is an 80-plus member-auditioned ensemble comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the Hayes School of Music, as well as talented student musicians from across the campus and community.

The symphony presents five to six concerts a year and performs literature from the standard orchestral repertoire, spanning the baroque to the contemporary.

The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Eduardo Vargas for the 2011-12 season.

“The students are very excited about the opportunity to perform in a live concert with a celebrated rock band like Kansas,” Vargas said. “For most of them, it will be a new experience, and we can only expect that exploring new frontiers will give them a new wealth of technical and musical skills that should strengthen our orchestra for future achievements. On my part, I’m particularly excited about the fact that this concert will serve to connect our Appalachian Symphony Orchestra to a larger audience in Boone in the hopes that we can see them again while attending our concerts throughout the year.”



Upcoming

Appalachian’s Performing Arts Series continues on Jan. 28, 2012, with the Soweto Gospel Choir, followed by the Punch Brothers with Chris Thile (Feb. 17) and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: “Moulin Rouge- The Ballet” (March 22).

For tickets or more information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu.

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