Join Friends University’s choirs for the annual Christmas Candlelight concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will be performing.
This Christmas tradition highlights the University’s choirs and includes the audiences’ participation in a few favorite traditional Christmas carols.
Jan Seawell-Reckers came to the world of professional art as a means of distraction from everyday life. Formerly a holistic nutrition counselor, she needed something playful and spontaneous in her life.
Romance, misdirection and confusion will take the stage as the Opera Workshop class performs a one-act opera at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
“L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro” (The Opportunity Makes the Thief) is a one-act opera by Gioacchino Rossini. The first performance of this Italian opera was in Venice 1812. The Friends University Chamber Orchestra will provide the orchestra music for this performance.
The Singing Quakers Alumni Choir, directed by Dr. Cecil J. Riney, will perform its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Tenor Earnest Alexander will perform with the choir.
“We are one of only a few choir groups like this anywhere in the United States,” said choir member Scot Pierce. The Alumni Choir is made up of almost 80 voices and orchestra.
The fall concert will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road in Wichita. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets for the concert can be purchased by cash or check only at the door.
The Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II will share the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Audiences will marvel in the tight harmonies of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and the big band sounds of Jazz Ensemble II.
Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for seniors and students. They may be purchased online or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.
Friends University will be celebrating the 200th birthdays of opera composers Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner during a faculty piano recital by Dr. James Knight at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
During the recital, Knight will perform works and opera transcriptions by the composers. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent graduate Landon Schmidt will come back to his alma mater for an exhibit from Oct. 14 to Nov. 8 at Friends University. A Final Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery.
Schmidt says he wants to influence, as well as impact the viewer’s perception, to provoke a reaction, showing the movement of neglect and abuse, and the agony captured toward the environment. Schmidt combines his investigation of process and color application with his research to help provide his visual message.
Great composers of orchestral music are able to use their medium to create shades of darkness and light, not for the eye, but for the ear.
The Friends University Community Orchestra will present “Darkness and Light” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Wesley DeSpain, will perform two representative examples of sound color that will thrill (and maybe even chill) the audience: Mussorgsky's “Night on Bald Mountain” (made famous by Disney's movie “Fantasia”) and the “Symphony No. 2” by Sibelius.