Pacific Philharmonic prepares for concert with Kansas set for Wednesday, April 18

Tickets on sale at the University Box Office. Students $25, Faculty/Staff $40.

Go behind-the-scenes with Pacific magazine to hear how the Pacific University Philharmonic is preparing for next week's concert with classic rock band Kansas. 


Tickets are still available for the 8 p.m. April 18 concert at Portland's Roseland Theater (8 NW 6th Ave.).

Presented by Knitting Factory Entertainment, the concert is part of Kansas' “Symphony Rocks” Collegiate Tour in which the band performs with select university orchestras around the country. The tour showcases a unique interweaving of the rock and symphonic genres.

Tickets can be purchased online at the University Box Office (503-352-2918),, or at any Safeway TicketsWest outlet, Music Millenium location or by phone (503) 224-8499.

Pacific students with valid I.D. can purchase tickets for $25 and faculty/staff for $40. General admission seating is $40, standing room only is $30 and reserved seating is $50.

Pacific associate professor and director of orchestral activities Bryce Seliger said the University's Philharmonic will join Kansas in performing all of the band's top hits.

Pacific student Justin Redona has been selected to perform a solo during the band's legendary classic, "Dust in the Wind."

Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 80s and played to sold out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. 

"Carry On My Wayward Son" was the second-most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.

In 1998, Kansas released an orchestral CD, "Always Never the Same" recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. The band followed with an orchestral tour accompanied by top-caliber symphony orchestras.

"We always have our eyes on the horizon. We are always looking for new ways to capture the essence of our music and of our performance," said original member and drum master Phil Ehart.

The Pacific Philharmonic is a full symphonic ensemble that performs works from the Baroque to Contemporary eras. Both undergraduate and graduate students from various areas of study at Pacific participate in the ensemble along with alumni, faculty and community members.

Instrumental and vocal students are selected each semester to perform solo works with the orchestra.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

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