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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.
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