April 6, 2012
Webster University Symphony Orchestra Season presents “Romance of the Cello”
The Webster University Symphony Orchestra (WUSO) presents a concert, "Romance of the Cello." Under the baton of conductor Paul G. Davis, the WUSO will perform the works of significant Romantic era composers. Special guest artist for the evening is Ken Kulosa, cello instructor at Webster University. Mr. Kulosa will perform the Second Cello Concerto by Dmitri Kabalevsky. This work, composed in 1964, showcases brilliant technique, haunting melodies and exuberant rhythmic drive.
The program will open with the Hebrides Overture, composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Barholdy. The WUSO is pleased to host Dr. Allen Carl Larsen, conductor laureate, to lead the orchestra in the Mendelssohn. The WUSO then features its elegant wind players with Richard Strauss’ Serenade for Winds, op.4. Mr. Kulosa then brings the Kabalevsky to the stage, and the program concludes with an audience favorite, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 7 p.m.
The Concert Hall of the Community Music School at Webster University, 535 Garden Ave. Webster Groves
$12 general public, $6 seniors (over 60) Tickets are purchased at the door. Free to students with current ID. Season tickets for the WUSO are available by calling 314-968-7040.
Call the Webster University Orchestra Office at 314-968-7040 or 314-968-7128.
A native of Albuquerque, Kenneth Kulosa moved to St.Louis thirteen years ago at the invitation of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Kulosa came to St. Louis from Chicago where he played with the Chicago Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. At the same time, he held the post of principal cellist for both the South Bend and Northwest Indiana Symphonies. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the University of Houston, Kulosa studied with Laurence Lesser and Hans Jorgen Jensen, later becoming Mr. Jensen’s assistant at Northwestern University. An active pedagogue as well as performer, Kulosa is in great demand as a private teacher and in 2003, the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association named him their Artist/Teacher of the Year. He is active as a chamber musician throughout the St. Louis area with the St. Louis Symphony’s Community Partnership program, the Pulitzer Foundation and as a member of the Sheldon Concert Hall’s education series resident piano trio. Passionate about period performance, Kulosa is currently a member of the Kingsbury Early Music Ensemble and frequently performs music from the baroque and classical period on period instruments.