Birds on a Wire performs with John Duykers at Dalton Center

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Photo of WMU's new music ensemble Birds on a Wire.

WMU's new music ensemble Birds on a Wire

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's new music ensemble Birds on a Wire will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

General admission tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for WMU students with a valid Bronco Card. They are available at the door and through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Ticket holders also are invited to a 7 p.m. pre-concert discussion led by Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music.

Led by Dr. David Colson, director of the WMU School of Music, Birds on a Wire will perform Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" with guest tenor soloist John Duykers. The program also includes a new work by John's son, Max Duykers, featuring guest percussionist Joel Davel on Marimba Lumina.

Internationally acclaimed tenor John Duykers made his professional operatic debut with the Seattle Opera. Since then, he has appeared with many of the world's leading opera companies. He is particularly known for his performances of contemporary music, having sung in more than 100 contemporary operas including more than 50 world premieres. Among these, he created the role of Mao Tse Tung in John Adams' "Nixon in China," which he performed throughout the world. He can be heard on numerous recordings of opera and contemporary music including the Grammy Award-winning CD of "Nixon in China."

The March 28 performance is part of the Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive concert series presented by the WMU School of Music under the auspices of the Bullock Music Performance Institute. Concerts are held on Wednesdays and showcase guest artists, WMU faculty artists and ensembles, and WMU student groups.

For more information, contact Meredith Bradford, concerts assistant, at or (269) 387-4678.