In 1944, the All Kansas regiment, the 137th Infantry, delivered Orléans, France, from Nazi occupation, and for the next 30 years there was an unofficial relationship between Orléans and Wichita. In 1974, Orléans and Wichita became official sisters through Sister Cities International.
The Friends University Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to France June 15 and representing Wichita at the Orléans Jazz Festival.
The Friends University Ballet Department will present a student-led choreography showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in Sebits Auditorium located in the Riney Fine Arts Center. The final performance will showcase the choreographic renditions of four students and will be open to public viewing with free admission.
Friends University will present its annual Symphony of Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 22-24 and at 3 p.m. April 25 in Sebits Auditorium in Riney Fine Arts Center.
Titled “Starting Here, Starting Now!,” Symphony of Spring 2010 is about new life, new beginnings and renewal.
“Symphony of Spring is a great name for a show, but what does a ‘Symphony’ have to do with ‘Spring?’” said Singing Quakers Director Dr. Mark Bartel. “This year’s show celebrates spring, both literally and figuratively, in all its beauty, variety, freshness and energy.”
Friends University will present a Harpsichord Dedication Concert at 3 p.m. April 18 in the Riney Fine Arts Center Gallery. This event is free to the public.
Dr. James Knight, assistant professor of piano, said it is a great pleasure to be able to perform on two harpsichords, which were built by Willis Overholt of Wichita. The acquisition of the two keyboard instruments comes as the result of a collaboration among Friends University music faculty members and Overholt. An anonymous donor provided the core funds for these two major purchases.
The Friends University Community Orchestra will present its People’s Choice Concert, programmed by its audience at last November’s concert, at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in the Casado Campus Center.
“They selected a very exciting program that I am sure will be enjoyed,” said Richard Roller, music director. “This concert will be in the Casado center on campus, which will add another dynamic to the performance and should make for a very interesting evening.”
The Friends University Singing Quakers will join forces with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to present one of the best-loved masterpieces of classical music. The “German Requiem” by Brahms reflects both upon the human experience of death and dying, and the triumph of hope and resurrection, said Dr. Mark Bartel, director of choral music.
“This special concert marks the final performance of Maestro Andrew Sewell with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, with whom the Singing Quakers have enjoyed a long-standing relationship,” Dr. Bartel said.
The Friends University Singing Quakers and Concert Choir will share the stage with some of Kansas’ top high-school choirs at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center as they present their fourth annual “Choral Connections.”
Joining the Friends University Singing Quakers, Concert Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will be choirs from Wichita West High School, Wichita Heights High School, Trinity Academy and Northfield School of the Liberal Arts.
Stan K. Rogers will display his artwork in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery in the Riney Fine Arts Center March 22 through April 26. There will be a Final Friday reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 26. The reception is open to the public, and light snacks will be served.
Rogers is associate professor and director of the Ballet Department at Friends University. His father was a visual artist and architect, and his sister is a visual artist living in Hot Springs, Ark.