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Manhattan, KS 66506-4711

 

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McCain Conversations

2013-2014 Upcoming conversations

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: THAT'S IT!

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, Beach Museum

McCain conversations - Perservation Hall Jazz BandDr. Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

"We're so old, we're new again," says Ben Jaffe, co-producer and son of the founder of Preservation Hall in 1961. Along with producer Jim James, the duo led the charge to create the newest and most exciting album from PHJB ever — the first album of all-original material ever done by the legendary New Orleans band. Led by veteran tenor saxophone/clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, the band invites you all to "Come With Me." Don't miss a chance to hear Dr. Wayne Goins discuss the music from "That's It!" when they come to the McCain stage!

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of American Legacies (Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band).

 

Past Conversations

Tradition — the Foundation for New Creation

6:30 p.m., Friday, February 28, Kirmser Hall (McCain 204)

McCain conversations - Lily Cai DanceLaura Donnelly, Assistant Professor, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Briefly reviewing the relationship between cultural and political history and dance in China, we will also discuss how many of the traditional dance elements (props such as ribbons and lights, as well as costume styles and elements) are combined with Western movement influences to create unique contemporary dance works.

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company — Dynasties and Beyond.

 

McCain Student Showcase Preview

3 p.m., Sunday, February 9, Kirmser Hall (McCain 204)

McCain Conversations - DanceDr. Gary Mortenson, Director, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Dr. Mortenson will lead a discussion to include other faculty members, on what the audience will experience in this year's Student Showcase. Attendees will also get updates regarding the performing arts at K-State including newly named spaces in our halls and private funding bringing resources for faculty and student professional development. 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

 

Brian Setzer: Hot Jazz, Cool Guitar!

6 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, Kirmser Hall (formerly McCain 204)

Brian Setzer: Hot Jazz, Cool Guitar!Dr. Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Brian Setzer has been one of the foremost leader in rockabilly guitar for more than thirty years. His "Jump, Jive & Wail" style of guitar playing has been setting the world on fire as he delivers his hot jazz around the globe. Here's your chance to jingle your bells and rock out with the Brian Setzer Orchestra!

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

 

Memphis, Music, and a DJ - A Rock and Roll Perfect Storm!!

6 p.m., Friday, November 15, Kirmser Hall (McCain 204)

Memphis, Music, and a DJDr. Steven Maxwell, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

"Memphis" is inspired by actual events with history as inspiring as the thrilling music from this marvelous musical. This presentation will explore how rock and roll exploded onto the scene in Memphis and soon became America's musical pastime.

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

 

Sleepless in Eisenach

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, First United Methodist Church
(in the annex building on the northwest side of parking lot)

Sleepless in EisenachDr. Julie Yu, Co-Director of Choral Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

The St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig will present a delightful concert, including works by Bach and Vivaldi. These most influential composers are celebrated for their significant contributions to the choral canon. We examine the beautiful relationship that binds the two Baroque giants, although they never met.

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of St. Thomas Boys Choir.

 

Blues: the Common Tongue for a World of Music

6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24, Beach Museum of Art

Blues: the Common Tongue for a World of MusicDr. Alfred Cochran, Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music

This dialogue with the audience will investigate the sources of the blues, paying particular attention to African field hollers, prison work songs, and centuries-old music that was designed to help make one's day go better, and why the blues has such global appeal today.

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of The World Blues Tour.

 

The Spalding Jazz Society: for members only

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, Beach Museum of Art

The Spalding SocietyDr. Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies, School of Music, Theatre, and dance

Esperanza Spalding, the Grammy-winning jazz bassist/vocalist, offers her listeners contemporary music for today's society. Her unique approach to jazz is a direct result of the numerous influences that has shaped her life along the path of success. Garnering praise from peers to jazz legends of the past, her recent album, "Radio Music Society," captures the essence of soul, swing, and senuality.

Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding.

 

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.