Symphony of Spring Brings Broadway to Wichita Stage

News Date: 
Thu. 04/28/2011

This year’s “Symphony of Spring” is all about extremes.

“We all know that life can be a roller coaster of emotions, and this show will take us on that ride,” said Dr. Mark Bartel, associate professor of music at Friends University.

With those extremes, comes the theme, “It was the Best of Times. It was the Worst of Times,” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 29; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 30; and 2 p.m. May 1. All performances will be in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.

From moving ballads to up-tempo dance numbers to the majesty of full orchestra and chorus, the Singing Quakers’ “Symphony of Spring” will be a Broadway showcase of the full range of performing arts at Friends University.

Performances will feature numbers from 22 Broadway musicals, including “Aida,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Can-Can,” “Tick Tick Boom,” “Company,” “Gigi” and “South Pacific.” “Symphony of Spring” is presented by the Singing Quakers, but provides a glimpse into a variety of the Fine Arts programs at Friends University, including dance, theatre and instrumental music. This year’s show will also pay tribute to Dr. Biff Green, Friends University president, and his wife Binnie in their final year of service at the University.  

“We want our audience to feel if just for a moment, all of the emotional extremes that the performers feel, whether it’s love or hatred, happiness or sadness, laughter or longing,” Dr. Bartel said.

Tickets for the concert cost $15 for the general public, and $12 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased by calling 316-295-5677.

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Fine Arts Office