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Houghton College’s Philharmonia to Perform Concert with Classic Rock Band KANSAS

Houghton College’s Philharmonia will present a concert with the legendary rock band KANSAS on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. KANSAS appears at Houghton College as part of their 2011 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour, an effort to raise funds and awareness for collegiate music programs. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster and will be available on campus beginning Monday, August 29, 2011.

Such hits as “Carry on Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return,” and “Dust in the Wind” will be featured with orchestral parts. Philharmonia’s conductor for this concert is Larry Baird, who has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony, not to mention string work with major pop-music names such as Three Dog Night, Al Jarreau, the Moody Blues, and Michael Bolton.                                                                        

After the groundbreaking and universally successful 2010 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour, 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. This concert tour is sponsored in part by D’Addario Strings. 

Original member and drummer Phil Ehart had this to say about last year’s concerts: “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! We know this year will be bigger and better!” [http://kansasband.com/2010/news-a-reviews/96-kansas-carries-on-continues-with-2011-collegiate-symphony-tour-to-raise-funds-for-college-music-programs.html]

With their 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,” “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 – continue to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.