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.
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.
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.
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.