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.
Jose Alvarado merges the worlds of science and art in his display Sept. 16 to Oct. 11 at Friends University. A Final Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery.
The Friends University Jazz Department will perform a concert in memory of supporter and friend, Carl Sebits, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. The concert will feature past and present recipients of the Sebits Jazz scholarship.
Tickets are $9 for adults, and $6 for seniors and students. They can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 316-295-5677.
Everyone’s favorite beagle will take the stage for an evening of musical family fun as the Friends University Theatre Department performs “Snoopy!!!,” the musical sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
This production takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Friends University’s Fine Arts faculty will present a fanfare of art and music at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Riney Fine Art Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
Friends University’s diverse group of faculty professors will share music, drama and visual arts as they inspire new and returning students. Featured performances include a piano duet, the Tower Wind Quintet, and a Kansas medley. The exhibit and show is also an opportunity for the community to experience the creative and diverse faculty members in the University’s Division of Fine Arts.
After performing and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry, adjunct professor Beau Jarvis has returned to his alma mater of Friends University to share the wealth of knowledge he’s gained in his extensive music experiences.
Read the full story about Beau Jarvis at kmuw.org.
Music's ability to bring us all together is a re-occurring theme in a new documentary that highlights a Friends University jazz trip to Cuba in December 2012. Nineteen Friends University jazz students traveled to Cuba as the only college jazz ensemble invited to play at the Havana International Jazz Festival. The trip was recently highlighted in a 30-minute documentary that aired Aug. 25 as part of the show "It's All Good with Sierra Scott" on KSCW in Wichita. Watch the video below to find out how students were impacted by this trip of a lifetime.