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 Concert Choir will present its spring concert Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center under the direction of Rolaine Hetherington.
The Friends University Singing Quakers will present its Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 27 and at 3 p.m. March 28 in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center.
After traveling to Germany, Dallas and Chicago in recent years, the Singing Quakers have just returned from their tour of Western Kansas.
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.