Page 2 - James Barnes Citadel
Program Notes Citadel was composed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The University of Kansas (1865 to 2015.) It begins with optional offstage chimes (one or two sets [opt.]) to depict the daily ringing of the bells in KU’s World War II Memorial Campanile. Trumpets introduce a fanfare-like figure that quickly evolves into the opening theme of the work. As the music settles and becomes softer, a saxophone choir introduces a slower, more pensive middle theme intended to describe the university's academic nature. A quiet moment at the end of this section hints at the famous “Rock Chalk Chant” in solo horn before the chimes and fanfare return to end the work in a final, dramatic outburst of sound and color. James Barnes James Barnes’ contribution to the band repertoire over the last half century can hardly be overstated. His numerous works for concert band and orchestra are extensively performed throughout the world, in such venues as Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Tokyo Metropolitan Concert Hall. Barnes twice received the coveted American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award, while he has been the recipient of annual ASCAP Awards for composers of serious music for over 30 years, along with other numerous honors and grants. The world-famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra recorded three compact discs of his music. Barnes is distinguished by having received commissions from all five of the major American military bands in Washington, DC. James Barnes is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Kansas.