Young musicians from across Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri will converge at Friends University to compete for $11,000 in awards during the 2011 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions and Music Awards April 2-3 at Riney Fine Arts Center. The competition will bring 48 talents who will compete for a single $5,000 prize, plus $2,000 prizes in each of the three divisions – piano, instrumental and voice.
The final Friends University Jazz Department concert for the spring semester will be 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Sebits Auditorium. The “Sr. Night” concert will feature and pay tribute to our graduating seniors in both jazz ensembles. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information please call 316-295-5677.
Friends University’s Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform a pot pourri of arrangements during a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The 2011 Singing Quakers Home Concert theme is “Ye Shall Have A Song,” and song is what the group shall have.
The annual concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 26 and at 3 p.m. March 27 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The Singing Quakers will present their usual array of variety in this concert, including music from their upcoming spring tour to Canada.
The Friends University Jazz Department will host Casado Jazz Night at 8 p.m. March 30 in the Casado Campus Center on the Friends University campus.
Featured with the Friends University Jazz Ensembles will be Raphael Imbert, a saxophonist visiting from France, and local guitar favorite Ken White.
The event is free. For more information, please contact Lisa Hittle at 316-295-5616.
Karyl Barbosa is no stranger to Wichita or Friends University. The artist was born in Wichita and attended Ingalls Elementary and Allison Junior High before graduating from Wichita West High School. She received a degree from Friends University in 1969 and earned a graduate degree from Wichita State University.
The timeless and telling words of America’s greatest authors will come to life on stage during Friends University’s presentation of “Star Spangled Bandanna.”
No, that’s not a typo, said Professor Dr. Charles Parker – “Yes, with three Ns; makes it look more like ‘banner.’”
The performance is a compilation of American stories and poems connected to a theme suggested by the Hindi root behind the word “bandanna,” which means “to tie,” Parker said.
Wichita artist Rob Compton draws inspiration from the landscapes that we often take for granted. Where we see hills, clouds and trees, Compton sees an artistic opportunity.
“My paintings continuously explore the landscape as a means to create works that are both meditative and dramatic, and I find that the full spectrum of representation more fully allows the character of each scene to emerge,” Compton said.
Friends University will proudly present Dr. Jamie Knight, professor of music, in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Knight’s performance, “Songs Without Words,” will feature piano transcriptions for voice – mostly transcribed by Liszt, who’s 200th anniversary is this year. Pieces performed will include Errlking, LaDanz and the Rigoletto fantasy. Additionally, Knight will perform a transcription of his own of Strauss’ Morgen.
Friends University will offer audiences a sampling of the finest in contemporary ballet with a mixed program for the Spring Ballet of four ballets and two premiers.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 4-5, and 2 p.m. March 6 in Sebits Auditorium. Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens and students.