The Friends University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., featuring the premiere performance of Lily of the Valley by Dan Racer.
In addition to the Racer, works by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Aaron Copeland, Giovanni Bottesini, and Yuan Kai Bao will also be performed. Student bass soloist Renae Abdallah, will be featured on the Bottesini Bass concerto #2 in B minor, and faculty guests, Cindy Thompson, English Horn and Gary Leopold, Trumpet will be featured on Copeland's Quiet City.
The Tower Wind Quintet, comprised of wind faculty, will perform on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. One high point of the show will be the premier of a new composed piece, “Five Twilight Songs,” by adjunct professor at Friends University Randy Zellers.
Dr. Paul Smith, Friends University assistant professor of applied music/voice, will perform a voice recital on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The theme is “Sacred Drama.”
Many of the most dramatic Biblical stories have been set to music in Operas, Musicals, Oratorios or Cantatas. Dr. Smith will perform works that present figures from the Old and New Testament as well as works from Latin Masses. Haydn, Handel, Gounod, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Puccin. Dr. Smith will be accompanied by Vanessa Whalen.
Amy Warfield’s work will be on display March 16 to April 17 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University. There will be Final Friday reception from 5-7p.m. March 27.
Amy graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Studio Art.
Both the exhibit and reception will be held in the art gallery in the Riney Fine Arts Building on Friends University Campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan., and is free and open to the public
The Friends University Theatre Department will present the “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance on March 12-14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on March 14 in the Cornerstone Studio Theatre in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
Fairies and magic will light the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 7, 2015 and 2 p.m. March 8, 2015 in the Riney Fine Arts Building’s Sebits Auditorium as the Friends University dancers perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a lavish ballet based on the classic comedy by William Shakespeare with music by Felix Mendelssohn.
Over 850 area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz students will come to Friends University to celebrate the 22nd annual Jazz Festival and perfect their skills with the musical masters at Friends University.
The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Students get to work with renowned jazz guest artists to improve their musical skills. All daytime activities are free and open to the public.
Conductor, director, and 1984 Friends University graduate Dr. Kevin Fenton will take the stage as the guest clinician during the annual Choral Connections Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
Fenton is the conductor of the Florida State University Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He will lead the vocal talents of area high school and junior college choirs, as well as the Friends University Singing Quakers and Concert Choir in this annual showcase.