Arioso Op. 127
SMC S917CB/ HL 3779005
One of the most exceptional graduate students during the composer's more than thirty years teaching at the University of Kansas was Naoya Takizawa, who came to KU from Tokyo, Japan in 1995. Since his graduation and return to Japan, Mr. Takizawa has served as an interpreter when Mr. Barnes travels there to conduct. In 2006 Naoya Takizawa and Haruko Nakayama announced their plans to be married. When Barnes asked Haruko what she wanted for her wedding present, she requested music to be written in honor of their wedding. "Arioso" was premiered by the Edelweiss Brass Orchestra t the newlywed's wedding reception on July 1st, 2007 in Tokyo, with the composer conducting.