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Contact: Christine Payton Nov. 17, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
After the groundbreaking and universally successful 2010 Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour, legendary rock band Kansas is not only continuing, but expanding the tour for the fall of 2011.

The 2011 Kansas Collegiate Symphony Tour will again help raise funds and awareness for college and university music programs.

The upcoming tour includes a stop on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Angelle Hall at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will be performing alongside that evening with the legendary rock super-group Kansas.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster here.

“ Kansas and all the school symphonies just hit it off big time. The only people having more fun than us were all the students playing on stage with us. And considering all the money that was raised to help the music departments, everyone considered it a real success,” said Phil Ehart, original band member and drummer.

The 2010 tour, which was inspired by the band’s DVD “There’s Know Place Like Home,” saw Kansas joined by conductor Larry Baird, and performing concerts with symphonies from the University of Alabama; University of Texas, San Antonio; Wichita State University; Oklahoma State University; Hardin-Simmons University; and Truman State University.

Presenting sponsor D’Addario & Company will once again be joining Kansas in its effort to raise funds and awareness for college and university music programs. D’Addario, the world’s largest musical products accessory manufacturer, brings products to market under the brand names D’Addario; Planet Waves; Rico Reeds; and Evans/PureSound/HQ percussion products.

“ What an incredible opportunity for our students and university,” said UL Lafayette Symphony conductor Michael Blaney. “Thank you Kansas and D’Addario for coming to UL Lafayette and supporting our music program.”

With its self-titled first album released in 1974, Kansas went on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.”

The band – which in addition to Ehart, is comprised of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale – continues to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:05 PM

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