The latest exhibit to grace the Riney Fine Arts Gallery is more primal than most we’ve seen. Some might even call it animalistic – literally.
Art lovers will be able to get acquainted with the creative natures of the Sedgwick County Zoo’s resident artists: Billy the gorilla, Lucille the chimpanzee, Talali the tiger, Marbles the chimpanzee, Bibi the black rhinoceros, Kramer and Gerrard the ring-tailed lemurs, Daisy the orangutan, Roscoe the Tayra, and of course Cinda and Stephanie the African elephants.
This year’s “Symphony of Spring” is all about extremes.
“We all know that life can be a roller coaster of emotions, and this show will take us on that ride,” said Dr. Mark Bartel, associate professor of music at Friends University.
With those extremes, comes the theme, “It was the Best of Times. It was the Worst of Times,” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 29; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 30; and 2 p.m. May 1. All performances will be in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Music lovers are invited to pull up a chair and enjoy an old-fashioned summer band concert that will combine the talents of the Friends University Concert Band and the Senseney Music Community Band, conducted by Bill Johnson, to form a mass band for this event.
The University Band Concert performance is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday May 1 on the Rose Window Plaza in front of the Davis Administration Building. Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating.
Some of Friends University’s finest faculty talent will perform in the Faculty Brass Quintet concert at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the Davis Administration Building’s Alumni Auditorium.
The quintet is comprised of brass instrument teaching faculty at Friends University, including Dr. Gary Leopold on trumpet, Denise Kintzel on horn, Steve Slater on trombone, Dr. John Taylor on tuba and Dana Hamant on trumpet.
Friends University’s graduating art students will be displaying some of their finest work at the annual Senior Art Show before walking across the stage this May.
There will be an opening reception on April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. as well as a closing reception on Friday, April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Wichita’s gallery crawl known as Final Friday. The show is on the second floor of the downtown art gallery CityArts, located at 334 N. Mead.
The Friends University Community Orchestra welcomes the winners of the Miller Concerto/Aria Competition and the Wichita Area Piano Teachers League Competition as guest soloists for a concert titled “Showcase.”
The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Student directors, producers and actors will have the opportunity to stage their talents at the annual Student Directing Showcase at 7:30 p.m. April 9, 3 p.m. April 10, and 7:30 p.m. April 21. All performances will be free and open to the public in the Cornerstone Studio Theatre in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
As part of the Producing and Directing the Stage Play course offered at Friends University, students will perform one-act plays.
From here to there, from now to then, music is said to transcend the barriers of language, culture and time.
Enjoy an evening of music from around the world as the Concert Choir presents its spring concert, “A Musical Offering: The Many Colors of Music” at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.