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.
The Friends University Jazz Department invites you to attend Casado Jazz Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in the Casado Campus Center.
Special guest artist will be L.A. jazz pianist Steve Bartkoski. Bartkoski graduated from Friends University in 1998 and went to the University of North Texas to complete his master’s degree in jazz performance. During his time in Wichita, he played with many local jazz musicians, so this will be a wonderful homecoming for him. The Friends University jazz combos will also provide jazz in this relaxed coffee-house setting.
About 30 prospective high school students will take part in Friends University’s Fine Arts Showcase from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 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 Singing Quakers choir will sing in various parts of Kansas this March with their “At Home on the Range” tour.
“Listeners throughout the country, even the world, have been duly impressed and inspired by the quality of musical selections and the sensitive musicianship consistently demonstrated by this truly fine choral music ensemble,” said Dr. Thomas H. Cook, interim chair, Division of Fine Arts. “This is a remarkable group of young singers who have worked diligently, under the capable leadership of Dr. Mark Bartel, to prepare and share great choral music.”
The Friends University Ballet and Wichita Ballet Theatre will present their Spring Ballet at 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. March 7 in Sebits Auditorium. In this spring’s performance the Friends University Ballet will be performing all new ballets with three different choreographers.
Friends University’s Acts of Faith drama group will present C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 in Cornerstone Studio Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.
The University of North Texas Faculty Jazz Quintet will be the featured artists at the 17th annual Friends University Jazz Festival Feb. 19-20. Mike Steinel (trumpet) and Brad Leali (saxophone) will perform with the Friends University Jazz Ensemble I. The rest of the quintet – Lynn Seaton (bass), Ed Soph (drums) and Stefan Karlsson (piano) – will join for the remainder of the concert.
The headliner concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Sebits Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling 316-295-5616.
The Friends University Community Orchestra is delighted to welcome two outstanding young artists, Mary Detrick and Katie Henderson, as guest soloists for its concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Detrick is the Wichita Area Piano Teachers League Competition winner, and Henderson is the winner of the Miller Concerto/Aria Competition.
Lori Wright is currently displaying artwork through Feb. 21 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Wichita campus. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be a Final Friday reception at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The reception is open to the public, and light snacks will be served.
Wright fell in love with art at a young age. Each year, her parents would give her art supplies for Christmas. Growing up surrounded with art, it was natural for Wright to take a career path in art.