Friends University’s Tower Wind Quintet 10th anniversary concert will not only be a treat for the ears but the eyes as well. The recital, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium, will combine the musical stylings of the faculty musicians as well as the visual art which will be displayed with the music.
High-school and middle-school students from across the state will converge on Friends University for a day of instruction, camaraderie and performances for String Day from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Riney Fine Arts Center.
String Day, which was previously exclusive to cellists and known as Cello Day, was expanded this year to include all string musicians.
“High-school and middle-school string players come with pre-formed ensembles to receive an afternoon of coaching and workshops from Friends University faculty and students,” said Susan Mayo, adjunct faculty.
High-school musicians from across the state will have the opportunity to learn and hear from master teachers at Friends University. Additionally, the fifth annual Choral Connections Feb. 4 will feature guest conductor-clinician Professor Constantina Tsolainou of Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia.
Joining the Friends University Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will be choirs from Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita Northwest High School, Maize High School, and Hesston College.
The artistic talents of Friends University’s students and staff will be on display for all to see at the 2011 Spring Semester Friends University Student and Faculty Art Show. The works are on display through Jan. 31 in the Riney Fine Arts Center. There will be a Final Friday reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
Prospective high school students will take part in Friends University’s Fine Arts Showcase from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Students and parents are welcome to attend, and they are invited to stay after lunch if interested in certain department activities such as ballet class and individual meetings with Sharon Rogers, Jazz Band rehearsal and Percussion Ensemble rehearsal.
The Friends University Division of Fine Arts is pleased to present “Damn Yankees” Jan. 20-23 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-22 and 3 p.m. Jan. 23.
The Friends University Ballet Department and the Wichita Ballet Theatre will present six performances of the full-length holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. The second weekend performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19.
The performances feature more than 85 local dancers and ballet majors at Friends University. The first weekend also features guest artists Melody Herrera and Connor Walsh, both principal dancers with the Houston Ballet.
The Friends University Singing Quakers will present their annual Christmas Candlelight Concert Dec. 2-5 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5.
The concert will feature the Singing Quakers and Women’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Mark Bartel and the Concert Choir directed by Rolaine Hetherington. The 200-voice Friends University Choral Union will also sing selections collectively.
The Friends University Jazz Department is proud to present Wayne Bergeron with the Friends University Jazz Ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
Bergeron is currently one of the most active jazz trumpet players in the world. He is a former lead trumpet player for Maynard Ferguson and is the current lead trumpet player for Gordon Goodwin’s Phat Band. He has recorded on more than 300 TV and movie soundtracks.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Please call 316-295-5677 to order tickets.
The Wichita Community Children’s Choir will present their winter concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church, 216 E. Second St., and at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway St. All tickets are $5 at the door.