NSO to Visit Kansas for 2007 Residency

By Tim Page
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

The National Symphony Orchestra has announced that Kansas will be the site of the ensemble's 2007 American Residency -- the NSO's 17th such extended visit since 1992.

Between March 22 and 30, 2007, members of the orchestra will participate in more than 150 performances and education events throughout the state, including complete concerts led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Associate Conductor Emil de Cou, and individual coaching of young musicians by NSO members.

The residency was announced yesterday in Topeka, Kan. The program is sponsored by the Kennedy Center through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund.

There will be a total of six orchestral concerts, including a concert for young people, in Kansas -- ranging from Topeka and Wichita, the largest cities in the state, to the university town of Lawrence. Among the stated goals of the project are to "explore the diversity of musical influences within the state" and to give the region "a musical voice in the nation's center for the performing arts through training programs, career development opportunities, and commissions."

In addition to concerts of orchestral and chamber music, the NSO will offer lectures, workshops for teachers, workshops for students with disabilities, pre-concert discussions, coaching sessions and music appreciation classes. All proceeds from ticket sales will remain within the state to support local arts organizations.

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