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.
The Friends University Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the flute choir in its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The concert is part of the University’s Homecoming Week celebrations.
The flute Choir will play selections by Ralph Manuel and Tom Benjamin. The orchestra will perform Albert Roussel’s “Suite for Strings” and Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite.”
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
Legendary musician and professor emeritus Dr. Cecil Riney has announced his intention to retire after 20 years as director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Of course Riney’s version of retirement is a bit more ambitious than most people’s, as he will be keeping his other jobs at Friends University and his church.
Read the full story about Dr. Cecil Riney at kansas.com.
Friends University’s traditional fall ballet performance will examine the art of dance from both a historic and contemporary angle as dancers depict the theme “How to Look at Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5, and 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.