The Friends University Chamber Orchestra will be presenting its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The orchestra will be playing two new works: “Suite for the Last Son of Krypton” by student composer Steven Garcia, and “Rapid Transit” by composer and Wichita State University professor Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn. This concert will also feature principal violinist student Brandon Lay playing Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances.”
Admission to this concert is free and open to the public.
Friends University’s annual spring ballet performance will premiere two new ballet pieces alongside “The Great Plains” at 7:30 p.m. March 7-8, and 2 p.m. March 9 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Illinois guest artist Nick Blaylock will return to help director Stan K. Rogers choreograph. “The Great Plains” takes a look at the circle of life during the beginning days of Kansas. The costumes and scenery are designed by Charla Sanderson.
The Friends University Theatre department will perform “The Chalk Garden” by Enid Bagnold at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-28 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Cornerstone Studio Theatre.
“The Chalk Garden” was first performed on Broadway in 1955. The story setting is based on Bagnold’s own garden from her home near Brighton. The play tells the story of a disturbed child while under the care of her governess.
Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands will come to Friends University to celebrate the 21st annual Jazz Festival and perfect their skills with the musical masters at Friends University.
The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Students get to work with the Friends University Jazz faculty, as well as the guest artists to learn and improve their musical skills.
The Friends University Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Bassoonist Nancy Goeres will be joining the Concert Band.
Principal Bassoonist Nancy Goeres joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1984. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh Nancy held similar positions with Florida Orchestra, The Caracas Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony.
UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 11. For more information, contact the Friends University Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audiences will be hard pressed to keep their toes from tapping during the Friends University Community Orchestra’s performance of “Let’s Dance” at 7:30 p.m. on February 4 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Artwork by current Friends University art students will be on display now through Feb. 7 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery.
Students that will have artwork featured are Ashleigh Kelepolo, Courtney Kruger, Dylan Seeney, Eythan Rodgers, Janelle Oder, Jessica Wall, Jordan Sallee, Joseph Harrell, Lacey McFadden, Madison Tucker, Martina Salerno, Mary Hernandez, Meryl Loop, Minshen Du, and Olivia Orozco.
A Final Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Dallas-based conductor and director Dr. Joshua Habermann will take the stage as the guest clinician as the Friends University choirs present their annual Choral Connections Concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30.
The Friends University Theatre department will perform "The Wakefield Mysteries" by Adrian Henri at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-25, and 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
"The Wakefield Mysteries" were originally penned as 32 rhymed playlets written in the 15th century and performed in an annual cycle involving a community-wide celebration. This modern adaption re-tells the story of the Creation to the Passion, sharing the truth of those familiar tales in a relevant way to today’s audiences.