Audiences will marvel in the tight harmonies of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the big band sounds of Jazz Ensemble II as the two groups join on stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The Jazz Vocal Ensemble, also known as JVE, is directed by Craig Curry. Jazz Ensemble II is directed by Beau Jarvis.
Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for seniors and students; and may be purchased online at friends.edu/finearts, or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.
The Singing Quakers Alumni Choir, directed by Dr. Cecil J. Riney, will perform its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Guest conductor and Friends University alumnus Dr. Andre Thomas will join the choir for this concert.
The choir is made up of alumni of the Friends University Singing Quakers. This concert, featuring an 80-voice choir and orchestra, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Alumni Choir.
Rachel Scribner will have artwork on display Oct. 13 to Nov. 14 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University. There will be a Final Friday reception from 5-7p.m. Oct. 31.
Scribner is a local painter who is inspired by Cecily Brown, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell and Julie Heffernan. On her blog she states, “I want to make work that is as exquisitely visceral and humanly beautiful as life feels.”
Friends University Ballet will present its FALL BALLET October, 17, 18, 19, in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. This performance will present two new ballets from Denver choreographer James Wallace and Dominic Walsh, former Principal of The Houston Ballet and Director of Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre in Houston, Texas. These two different choreographers spent two weeks this fall with the Friends dancers and produced two dynamic works especially for Friends Ballet.
Talented drummer/percussionist Allen Carter will be performing with the Friends University Jazz combos at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Casado Campus Center at Friends University.
Dr. Allen Carter is a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist and educator. He began gigging when he was 11 and has had the opportunity to work with many big bands and vocalists, such as Harry Connick Jr., Nancy Wilson and Glen Campbell. Carter is currently the Associate Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Friends University Singing Quakers at 7 p.m. October 4 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The concert will feature both the Singing Quakers and the Singing Quakers Alumni Choir. Dr. Cecil Riney and Dr. Mark Bartel will conduct the choirs as well as visiting alumni singers in several mass choir selections. The evening will include a brief history of the Singing Quakers and a reception following the concert.