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A cultural March: Month of music, art, ensembles, opera and more

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

       

 

MANHATTAN — March is a month filled with art, music, opera and more at Kansas State University.

The following events, sponsored by the university's McCain Performance Series, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, are being offered. Most events are free, unless otherwise noted, and the public is welcome. Events include:

• University music program keyboard faculty Amanda Arrington, instructor of music; Slawomir Dobrzanski, associate professor of music; Virginia Houser, associate professor of music; and David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in All Faiths Chapel.

• The Kansas State University Orchestra, directed by David Littrell, distinguished professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in McCain Auditorium. The concert features "Poet and Peasant Overture" by Franz von Suppé; "Toccata" from "Le Tombeau de Couperin"by Maurice Ravel and orchestrated by Bryce Craig, 2013 K-State graduate in music composition; "Grand Canyon Suite" by Ferde Grofé; and two aria competition winners: Sarah Wirtz singing Massenet and Alex Spence singing Mozart.

• The Konza Wind Quintet of music faculty members Karen Large, assistant professor on flute; Nora Lewis, associate professor on oboe; Tod Kerstetter, professor on clarinet; Susan Maxwell, instructor on bassoon; and Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor on French horn, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• Clarinet students of Tod Kerstetter, professor of music, will present a "Meet the Music" concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Beach Museum of Art.

• Mezzo-soprano Patricia Thompson, assistant professor of music, will perform a recital with the Thundering Cats Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in All Faiths Chapel.

• The opening reception for the "Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature" exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

• The Irish musical group Danú will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, as part of the McCain Performance Series at McCain Auditorium. The group, which mixes ancient Irish music with contemporary works, offers an authentic Irish experience by using traditional instruments, including the flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present Giancarlo Menotti's "Old Maid and the Thief" and Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial By Jury" as the K-State Opera 2014 performance at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Mark Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. Tickets are available at McCain box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The annual Tubaphonium Festival and Bassoon Afternoon will be Saturday, March 8, in the music wing of McCain Auditorium. The daylong festival is for tuba, euphonium and bassoon students in grades seven through 12 who are looking to hone their skills, make music and have fun. The day features master classes, recitals and performances by the university's Tuba Euphonium Ensemble and Bassoon Ensemble. A mass ensemble at 4 p.m. in McCain's Kirmser Hall will feature participants and K-State students performing together. Steve Maxwell, assistant professor of music, and Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, organize the festival.

• The Concert Band, featuring graduate student conductors, and the University Band, featuring undergraduate student conductors, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in McCain Auditorium.

• The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Don Linn, instructor of music, and the Wind Symphony, conducted by Phillip Payne, associate professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in McCain Auditorium.

• Organist David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will present a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in All Faiths Chapel.

• The university's Organ Studio will present "Organ Music for a Wednesday Morning" at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in All Faiths Chapel.

• The Jazz Bands, directed by Wayne Goins, professor of music, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

• The PEN Trio will present a faculty and guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall. The group includes the university's Nora Lewis, associate professor of music, on oboe; Phillip O. Paglialonga, guest artist, on clarinet; and Eric Varner, guest artist, on bassoon. Paglialonga is assistant professor of music at Bethune-Cookman University. Varner is principal bassoon in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario and is on the faculty of Heidelberg College.

• The General Student Recital will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, in All Faiths Chapel. This one-hour recital features student performances from the wind, percussion, keyboard, vocal and/or string programs.

• A round table discussion on the Beach Museum of Art exhibition "Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish" will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St., Manhattan. Join the museum for a discussion of Parish's multimedia exhibition conveying the history and significance of Flint Hills native stone root cellars.

• The university's Jazz Combos, directed by Wayne Goins, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Union Station at the Union.

• The tuba and euphonium studio of Steven Maxwell, assistant professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in McCain's Kirmser Hall.

• The Beach Museum of Art will show the film "Nostalgia for Light" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the museum. The film follows the stories of families searching for their loved ones, archeologists and astronomers who converge in Chile's Atacama Desert. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The film is in conjunction with the "Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature" exhibition at the museum.

• The flute studio of Karen Large, assistant professor of music, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in McCain's Kirmser Hall.

• The university's dance program will present "SpringDance" at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 at McCain Auditorium. The evening of dance includes jazz, tap, modern, ballet and more performed by university students, with choreography provided by the university dance faculty and a guest choreographer. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The McCain Performance Series presents the Soweto Gospel Choir at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in McCain Auditorium. The Grammy Award-winning choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428.

• Soprano Amy Rosine, associate professor of music, will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in All Faiths Chapel.

For more information on all Beach Museum events, call 785-532-7718; for School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events, call 785-532-5740; and for McCain Performance Series events, call 785-532-6428.

Written by

Beth Bohn
785-532-1544
bbohn@k-state.edu


At a glance

Don't miss out on new exhibitions, musical performances and more at Kansas State University during March. Most events are free and open to the public.