Instrumental Music Events

Instrumental Music Events

The Concert Band concerts feature renowned guest artists and some of the greatest new and standard literature from the wind band repertoire. The Friends University Community Orchestra includes students and community members in full orchestra. Chamber ensembles, including the Percussion Ensemble and the Sinfonietta Orchestra offer more opportunities for great music.

For more information on all Fine Arts events and ticket information, visit the Fine Arts Events & Tickets page.

Spring 2021 Events

Jazz Festival

Hybrid Event

Friends University is pleased to announce this year’s 28th annual Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 19th-27th. While the festival will look slightly different than in years past, it will also provide some exciting new events featuring impressive guest artists.

The festival will start on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a Kick-Off Concert featuring the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The Swingin’ Quakers Jazz Ensemble and local guest singer, pianist and songwriter, Rudy Love Jr. Limited in-person seating will be available to reserve at eventbrite.com/e/jazz-fest-kick-off-concert-tickets-139717596091. Covid safety protocols can be found here.

The next seven days of Jazz Fest will take place virtually on Friends University Jazz’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@FriendsUJazz). Featured posts will include high school jazz band highlights and honoring this year’s Stand Out Jazz Competition winner. Two remote recordings will also be released this week featuring Conjunto Latino de Friends University playing with notable guest artists: Tito Carrillo and Miguel Zenon.

Tito Carillo will perform in a single with the Conjunto Latino de Friends University released on Feb. 25th. He is master trumpeter and a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. Currently Carillo serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Illinois.

The single release on Feb. 26th will feature Miguel Zenón, a multiple Grammy nominee and internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer. He is considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation and represents proudly his Puerto Rican heritage. His awards speak for themselves with being selected Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The closing event for Jazz Fest 2021 will be a free virtual performance on Feb. 27th 7:30 p.m.: Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of Jazz and Art. It is a joint collaboration with The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) and Friends University’s Multicultural Engagement department showcasing the journey of the Black creative community. Limited stream tickets will be available eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-the-past-present-and-future-of-jazz-and-art-tickets-139744853619.

All events are free of charge and open to the community. For more information on these events contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or visit friends.edu/finearts.

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Feb. 19-27, 2021

Concert Choir presents “Love Enduring”

In-Person and Livestreamed

Tickets can be reserved at FriendsU.eventbrite.com

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The Friends University Concert Choir will present its spring program, Love Enduring. For the first time ever, attendees will have two opportunities to attend the free performance both in-person and virtually March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

“After waiting a year to sing for you in person, we are thrilled to bring to you our annual Spring Concert, Love Enduring; music to inspire and encourage. We hope you can join us in celebrating the gift of song,” said Concert Choir Director Rolaine Hetherington. Some of the topics reflected in the choral selections will be God’s steadfast love, praise and gratitude and the joy of singing. Works will include pieces by Powell, Hagenberg, Duruflé, Hampton and more.

Considering the hardships the pandemic has brought the community, all performances for the 2020-21 season are free of charge. Livestream and in-person tickets still need to be reserved at FriendsU.eventbrite.com.

The performances will take place in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan. Covid safety protocols can be found here. Attendees are asked to bring a face mask and be ready to sit in socially distanced pods.

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or finearts@friends.edu.

Band Concert

This event takes place in-person in the Friends University Garvey Gymnasium.

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Dr. Slavomir Djbronski Piano Recital

Location TBD
Join us for a facebook live performance featuring well-known pianist, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski.
Bio: https://dobrzanski.weebly.com/bio.html
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Orchestra Concert

Outside Location TBD

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Symphony of Spring

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Symphony of Spring

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Symphony of Spring

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Concert Choir Coffeehouse

Location TBD

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Jazz Department Showcase

Location TBD

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