Artwork by current Friends University art students will be on display now through Feb. 7 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery.
Students that will have artwork featured are Ashleigh Kelepolo, Courtney Kruger, Dylan Seeney, Eythan Rodgers, Janelle Oder, Jessica Wall, Jordan Sallee, Joseph Harrell, Lacey McFadden, Madison Tucker, Martina Salerno, Mary Hernandez, Meryl Loop, Minshen Du, and Olivia Orozco.
A Final Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Dallas-based conductor and director Dr. Joshua Habermann will take the stage as the guest clinician as the Friends University choirs present their annual Choral Connections Concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30.
The Friends University Theatre department will perform "The Wakefield Mysteries" by Adrian Henri at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-25, and 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
"The Wakefield Mysteries" were originally penned as 32 rhymed playlets written in the 15th century and performed in an annual cycle involving a community-wide celebration. This modern adaption re-tells the story of the Creation to the Passion, sharing the truth of those familiar tales in a relevant way to today’s audiences.
Join the Friends University Ballet Department as dancers perform their annual full-length production of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21; 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Join Friends University’s choirs for the annual Christmas Candlelight concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will be performing.
This Christmas tradition highlights the University’s choirs and includes the audiences’ participation in a few favorite traditional Christmas carols.
Jan Seawell-Reckers came to the world of professional art as a means of distraction from everyday life. Formerly a holistic nutrition counselor, she needed something playful and spontaneous in her life.
Romance, misdirection and confusion will take the stage as the Opera Workshop class performs a one-act opera at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
“L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro” (The Opportunity Makes the Thief) is a one-act opera by Gioacchino Rossini. The first performance of this Italian opera was in Venice 1812. The Friends University Chamber Orchestra will provide the orchestra music for this performance.
The Singing Quakers Alumni Choir, directed by Dr. Cecil J. Riney, will perform its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Tenor Earnest Alexander will perform with the choir.
“We are one of only a few choir groups like this anywhere in the United States,” said choir member Scot Pierce. The Alumni Choir is made up of almost 80 voices and orchestra.
The fall concert will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road in Wichita. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets for the concert can be purchased by cash or check only at the door.
The Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II will share the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Audiences will marvel in the tight harmonies of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and the big band sounds of Jazz Ensemble II.
Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for seniors and students. They may be purchased online or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.