From concept to concert hall

About the project

The symphony “In the Shadow of No Towers” grew from discussions between composer Mohammed Fairouz and Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman. The KU Wind Ensemble performed its world premiere on March 26, 2013, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in New York City. Learn more

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Meet who’s involved

Mohammed FairouzNew York-based composer who was commissioned to write “In the Shadow of No Towers” for the KU Wind Ensemble

Paul W. PopielDirector of bands at the University of Kansas, who has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for the wind ensemble

Art SpiegelmanPulitzer Prize-winning writer and illustrator whose graphic novel “In the Shadow of No Towers” inspired Fairouz’s symphony

Jim Zakoura - Founder of the nonprofit foundation Reach Out Kansas Inc., which commissioned Fairouz to write “In the Shadow of No Towers”

Track the symphony's milestones


KU Wind Ensemble Documentary KCPT 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2014

New York Times review

"The ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, performed with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation..." Full review

KU Wind Ensemble releases 5th CD on Naxos Label

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