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April blooms with music, art, dance and more at Kansas State University

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


MANHATTAN — April brings music, performances, exhibitions and more at Kansas State University. Events below are offered by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the School Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the McCain Performance Series. Admission is free and events are open to the public, unless otherwise stated.

• Bassoon students of Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The McCain Performance Series will host "Diavolo," an architecture-in-motion performance by dancers, gymnasts, actors and athletes, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets start at $17, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• Military families are invited to an evening of fun and learning at "Healing Arts for Military Families" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Beach Museum. Adults will enjoy a museum tour, program by Parent to Parent and an art workshop. Separate activities provided for children. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families and Parent to Parent. It is free, but space is limited. Contact militaryfamilies@k-state.edu to register.

• "Peter and the Starcatcher," the winner of five Tony Awards, will fly into McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. The comedy is based on the best-selling novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Tickets start at $12, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The university Tap Dance Ensemble's annual Showcase will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Nichols Hall's Mark A. Chapman Theatre.

• Organ students of David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will perform an "Organ Music for a Wednesday Morning" recital at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, in All Faiths Chapel.

Kids ages 5 and up can view watercolors by artist Dean Mitchell and learn more about watercolor techniques from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Beach Museum. The cost is $5 per participant; $3 for members. Register at beachart@k-state.edu or call 785-532-7718.

Join guest curators Thomas Bell and Katie Kingery-Page as they host university theatre students doing scenes and monologues and performances by the university's Dance Ensemble at the "Dinner and Mid-Night Snack Salon" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Beach Museum.

The Music Program Honors Recital will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in All Faiths Chapel. The evening features the music program's top graduate and undergraduate students, selected from competitive auditions earlier in the semester, competing for scholarships. Many other music program honors will be presented, including naming the Presser Undergraduate Scholar, a national award that includes a substantial cash prize.

Join the Beach Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a variety of art projects and interactive gallery activities for all ages as part of All-University Open House activities on Saturday, April 11.

• The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will perform at the All-University Open House from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Bosco Plaza.

• Look at art slowly in the exhibition "Dinner and a Mid-Night Snack" from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, followed by open-ended discussion over coffee and cookies from 3 to 4 p.m., led by Linda Duke, Beach Museum director, at the museum. The event is free, but please register at beachart@k-state.edu or by calling 785-532-7718.

• "Million Dollar Quartet," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series. Tickets start at $24.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• "Sticks and Strings," featuring chamber music performances by student string ensembles and student keyboard percussion groups, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall. Cora Cooper, professor of music, coaches the string ensembles, and Kurt Gartner, professor of music, coaches the percussion groups.

• The university's Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble and Bassoon Ensemble will share a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in All Faiths Chapel. Steven Maxwell, associate professor of music, coaches the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble; Tod Kerstetter, professor of music, coaches the Clarinet Ensemble; and Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, coaches the Bassoon Ensemble.

The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics is a three-day, socially engaged collaborative project of Dialogue Lab, which takes place April 15-17 at the Beach Museum. The lab is an ongoing project of artist Sean Starowitz that employs local and regional partnerships to explore a range of food-related issues. Public events during the three-day residency include discussions about serving sizes, fermentation and food production. A complete schedule is available at http://beach.k-state.edu/explore/exhibitions/openair2015.html.

• Students from the wind, brass, string, percussion, voice and keyboard divisions of the university's music program will perform a General Student Recital at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, in All Faiths Chapel.

• An Artist's Talk by Sean Starowitz will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Beach Museum, with a reception following.

• The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the Jean Paul Sartre play "No Exit" at 7:30 p.m. April 16-18 in the Purple Masque Theatre, now in West Stadium. General admission is $7 for seniors, military and K-State faculty and staff; $6 for students; and $4 for youth.

• Soprano Amy Rosine, associate professor of music, will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in All Faiths Chapel.

• Piano students of Virginia Houser, associate professor, and David Pickering, assistant professor, will share a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in All Faiths Chapel.

• Guest artist Mario DeCiutiis will present an Electronic Percussion Clinic from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Room 201 at McCain Auditorium. DeCiutiis is known for developing many innovative and revolutionary electronic drums and mallet percussion products, including the malletKAT, panKAT, drumKAT and TrapKAT.

• "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion," a fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series. The Spencers present a large, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions. Tickets start at $14.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• Faculty and student artists will share a recital of music by John Cage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The Konza Wind Quintet, the university's faculty woodwind quintet, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in All Faiths Chapel. Members of the ensemble include Karen Large, assistant professor of music, flute; Tod Kerstetter, professor of music, clarinet; Nora Lewis, associate professor of music, oboe; Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor of music, French horn; and Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, bassoon.

• Guest artist Mario DeCiutiis will present a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• Tenor Bryan Pinkall, assistant professor of music, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in All Faiths Chapel. He will perform with the Thundering Cats Big Band, under the direction of Fred Burrack, professor of music and director of the university's Office of Assessment.

• The Kansas State University Orchestra will present a concert featuring student concerto/aria contest winners at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in McCain Auditorium. The orchestra is conducted by David Littrell, university distinguished professor of music. The program includes "Jig" from Symphony No. 1, performed by Beniah Wilson, senior in applied music; Rossini's "Cruda sorte" from "L'Italiana in Algeri," featuring mezzo-soprano Erin Koolman, master's student in music; and Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto in A Minor featuring cellist Eva Roebuck, junior in applied music. The program concludes with Dvořàk's Symphony No. 9, "New World."

• Guest artist Tim Buzbee, tuba, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in All Faiths Chapel. He will be assisted by Amanda Arrington, university staff accompanist. Buzbee has been principal tuba with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2010. As a soloist, he has performed with the Iceland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Acapulco Symphony, Marshall Symphony and the "Pershing Own" Army Band in Washington, D.C. He currently has two solo CDs on the Albany Record label. Before taking his position at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he was the principal tuba at the Iceland Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Acapulco Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Gavle Symphony and the Malmo Symphony.

• The Kansas State University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Kurt Gartner, professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in McCain Auditorium.

• The university's Collegium Singers, directed by David Wood, instructor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at First Congregational Church, 700 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan.

• Artist Dean Mitchell will present a talk, which will be followed by a reception, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, the Beach Museum. Mitchell is this year's Friends of the Beach Museum of Art gift print artist.

• The university's Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in All Faiths Chapel. Quintet members include Craig Parker, associate professor of music, trumpet; Becki Walenz, instructor of music, trumpet; Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor of music, French horn; Paul Hunt, professor of music, trombone; and Steven Maxwell, associate professor of music, tuba.

• Guest artist Christopher Gugel will present a saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall. Gugel received his master's degree in music from Kansas State University, where he was a student of Anna Marie Wytko, assistant professor of music. He is currently the instrumental music instructor for grades fifth through 12 at Shelby-Rising City Public Schools in Nebraska.

• K-State Theatre will present "You Can't Take It With You" at 7:30, April 23-25 and April 30-May 2 and at 2:30 p.m. May 3 in Nichols Hall's Mark A. Chapman Theatre. It is directed by guest artist Ross Evans. If the Sycamores are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people, are the unhappy Kirbys.Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Tickets are general admission and cost $15, with applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The K-State Singers present the spring show "Down in the Jungle," featuring numbers by Katy Perry, Queen, Kanye West and others at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by calling the McCain Auditorium box office at 785-532-6428 between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets also can be purchased directly from a member of the K-State Singers or at the door.

• Organ students of David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will perform at the Organ Studio Hymn Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan.

• The university's Collegium Singers, directed by David Wood, instructor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th St., Kansas City, Missouri.

• The K-State Men's Choir and Women's Choir will share a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in All Faiths Chapel. Julie Yu-Oppenheim and Joshua Oppenheim, associate professors of music, direct the choirs.

• The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform "Don Quixote" as part of the McCain Performance Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in McCain Auditorium. "Don Quixote" is a full-length ballet set in imperial Spain and packed with stories of heroic bullfighters, mysterious gypsies and other intriguing tales of romance, betrayal, fantasy and chivalry. Tickets start at $24.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• Piano students of Slawomir Dobrzanski, associate professor of music, will present a recital at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, 481 Zeandale Road, Manhattan.

• Percussion students of Kurt Gartner, professor of music, will join Neil Dunn, instructor of music, for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• Saxophone students of Anna Marie Wytko, assistant professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• Flute students of Karen Large, assistant professor of music, and trombone students of Paul Hunt, professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in All Faiths Chapel.

The Beach Museum will host "Parent to Parent — Preventing the Summer Slide" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. This workshop will discuss ways to keep children academically engaged over the summer months. Bring your children for a tour and activities. Reservations required. This workshop is in collaboration with the Military Child Education Coalition Parent to Parent Team Fort Riley, Kansas. For more information email PtoP.Riley@MilitaryChild.org and checkout on Facebook @Parent to Parent - Fort Riley, KS.

• The university's Jazz Bands, directed by Wayne Goins, professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Forum Hall, at the K-State Union.

• The university's Jazz Combos, directed by Wayne Goins, professor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Union Station, at the K-State Union.

• The exhibition "Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach" will be on display until May 17 in the Stolzer Gallery at the Beach Museum. Cairns are deliberate piles of carefully fitted stones, often of ancient and mysterious origin. Some in Kansas may have been erected by native people to mark significant sites. For this installation, Herd worked with university landscape architecture and regional & community planning faculty and students during fall 2014 to erect dry-stone cairns. Plantings will be added during the month.

Sources

Todd Holmberg
785-532-6425
trholm@k-state.edu

Martha Scott
785-532-7718
marthas@k-state.edu

Kristin Mortenson
785-532-5740
kmortens@k-state.edu

Julie Pentz
785-532-5411
jpentz@k-state.edu

Angelica McKinnis
785-532-6428
amartist@k-state.edu

Websites

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art 

McCain Performance Series

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance 

Written by

Darrah Tinkler
785-532-2535
media@k-state.edu

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