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McCain Conversations

2014-2015 Upcoming conversations

Yo-Yo Ma: A Broad Perspective on Music

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium

McCain conversations - Yo-Yo Ma: A Broad Perspective on Music

Dr. David Littrell, Distinguished Professor, Orchestra, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University

David Littrell will first present Yo-Yo Ma’s biography and then discuss how Ma has expanded his musical interests from classical repertoire to many other styles evident in his concert and recording repertoire. He also will discuss the repertoire presented in Ma's McCain recital.

Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of The Yo-Yo Ma.

 

Music of the kings (and queens): how choral music was shaped by the duty to the court

6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium

McCain conversations - Music of the kings (and queens)

Dr. Julie Yu, Co-Director of Choral Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University

The vast majority of Western choral music written prior to 1850 was music written for the church or courts. Members of the King’s Singers, which was named for King’s College where the group’s founding members attended, have done their fair share of performing music once written for great kings and queens.

Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of The Christmas with the King's Singers.

 

McCain Student Showcase Preview

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium

McCain conversations - McCain Student Showcase Preview

Gary Mortenson, Director, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University

Gary Mortenson will lead a discussion, to include other faculty members, on what the audience will experience in this year’s Student Showcase. Attendees also will get updates on recent developments in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, including the creation of the new Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium and the completion of the All-Steinway initiative made possible by the giving legacy of Mark A. Chapman. Come and see what an exciting time it is to be a part of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at K-State!

Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of The McCain Student Showcase.

 

KODO The Heartbeat of Mankind

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Little Theatre, K-State Student Union

McCain conversations - KODO

Dr. Kurt Gartner, Professor, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University

At the core of nearly every culture is a drum. In this McCain Conversation, Kurt Gartner will discuss the group KODO, a prominent exponent of Japan’s ancient taiko drumming tradition. While recognizing this tradition, the group also studies and incorporates musical influences of other cultures, bringing a most eclectic artistic fusion to the McCain stage.

Coffee and light desserts provided. Free to all ticket holders of The KODO.

 

Past conversations

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, Beach Museum of Art

McCain conversations - An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Dr. Cora Cooper, Professor of Violin, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Kansas State University

Featured soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg is known for her fiery playing and provocative stage presence. No stranger to controversy, her career has been marked by extreme highs and lows. Learn more about this exceptional artist before her performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertory.

 

Meanwhile, Back at the Chatterbox Cafe

6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium

McCain conversations - An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Jim Reed, Retired Minister

Jim Reed has been listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" since 1982 and has had an affinity for Garrison Keillor's storytelling since that time. Some people even say he looks like a shorter and rounder Keillor! As a retired minister, Reed believes that Keillor really gets small-town America right with his "News from Lake Wobegon," especially as he has introduced us to Pastor Inqvist of the L.W. Lutheran Church and Paster Emil of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility. Learn more about this gifted writer and storyteller at this McCain Conversation. Powdermilk Biscuits just might be available!

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of An Evening with Garrison Keillor.

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: 
A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium

McCain conversations - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MaraslisDr. Gary Mortenson, Director, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Dr. Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Considered one of the finest jazz groups on the planet today and led by a truly innovative jazz icon of our time, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis is a group for the ages. Come hear School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty Wayne Goins and Gary Mortenson talk about what makes this jazz orchestra so special and what sort of background and abilities thrust Wynton Marsalis into such a prominent position on today’s international music scene. This is designed as the perfect primer to help you get the most out of the evening’s performance!

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

 

About McCain Conversations

McCain Conversations

McCain Conversations are informal pre-performance talks designed to inform, educate and engage audience members before certain McCain Performance Series events.

Hosted by K-State faculty or other experts in the community, these talks are fun, free of charge to all ticket holders and may even feature a guest appearance by one of the evening’s performers.