“The aim and final end of music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul,” J.S. Bach said.
Join the Friends University Concert Choir for their spring musical offering: “The Heart and Soul of Music.” Exploring the many emotions of mankind, the choir’s selections will include music from Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Wilberg, and spirituals by Johnson and Hampton, all of which give expression to the outpouring of the heart in the form of music, bringing refreshment to the soul.
Bassist Glenn Holmes, a former faculty member at Friends University, will be the featured guest artist at Casado Jazz Night on Wednesday, March 14. Holmes is now teaching and performing in Cleveland, Ohio, and will spend two days in residence teaching jazz students on the Friends University campus and performing with the student combos.
During the 10th anniversary year of 9/11, the Singing Quakers are memorializing that day through music. Seeking to give voice to that which is beyond words, the choir will remember the sorrow of the past and celebrate the hope for a better tomorrow.
The concert features music from the upcoming Singing Quakers tour to Oklahoma and Texas including American folksongs, spirituals and gospel songs, as well as classical and contemporary choral music from around the world.
Friends University’s spring ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m. March 4.
Martha Wherry’s art has been seen all over Wichita in nearly every artistic venue in the city. The current exhibit at Friends University brings her back to some of her earlier educational roots.
Though she is well-known across the state, especially in Wichita, for her multimedia works depicting everyday life, Wherry earned her bachelor’s degree (in information technology of all things) from Friends University.
After working in the IT profession at Boeing for several years, her job was outsourced to India.
Audiences will savor a taste of Italy’s rich musical history as the Friends University Community Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The “Taste of Italy” concert will feature pieces from Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville” and Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien.”
The 19th annual Friends University Jazz Festival will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus.
The Friends University Concert Band would like to take audiences on a relaxing journey – specifically A Sunday Afternoon Drive in the Country – at a performance at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
“The February concert is the only themed concert we do,” said John Taylor, professor of music and Concert Band conductor. “With Sunday Afternoon Drive in the Country in mind, music will be chosen along the theme of the outdoors and nature.”
Internationally renowned trombone player, Harry Watters, will be the featured soloist.
The Friends University Fine Arts Division would like to invite audiences to the fifth annual Friends University Choral Connections at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Riney Fine Arts Building’s Sebits Auditorium.
Choral Connections offers high school and college students an exceptional and intensive musical experience under the leadership of nationally renowned experts in choral singing. It allows visiting high school and college students as well as Friends University students to hear each other perform, and to learn and perform together.
Wichitans may recognize the name and works of the artist currently displayed in Friends University’s Riney Fine Arts gallery.
Tara Hufford-Walker has not only made her name for herself as an artist, but she’s also educated many of Wichita’s young artists over the past few decades.