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November a month of music, dance, art and more at K-State

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

       



MANHATTAN 
— November brings Native American dance and art, recitals by guest musicians and a chance to discover your inner elf, all at Kansas State University.

The following performances are sponsored by the university's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, McCain Performance Series and School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Unless otherwise indicated, most are free and open to the public.

• The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will perform for Manhattan Parents as Teachers from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Family and Child Resource Center, 2030 Tecumseh Road, Manhattan.

The Saxophone Studio of Anna Marie Wytko, assistant professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The Parent to Parent Workshop, Early Explorations: Math, will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The workshop provides fun, interactive ways to get children to use mathematics in their daily activities. Children will take a math and art tour while parents learn. To register, call 785-532-7718.

• The Bassoon Studio of Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• One of the oldest concert orchestras in Russia, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at McCain Auditorium. Conducted by Pavel Kogan, the orchestra features noted violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Tickets for this McCain Performance Series presentation are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• The opening reception for the new Beach Museum of Art exhibition "Making: Progress" will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the museum. The exhibition features works by students in the university's art department.

• The K-State Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Steven Maxwell, associate professor of music, and the K-State Clarinet Choir, directed by Tod Kerstetter, professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in All Faiths Chapel.

• K-State Theatre will present Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-8 and 13-15 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre at Nichols Hall. The musical is directed by Charlotte McFarland, associate professor of theatre. Vocal direction is by Amy Rosine, associate professor of music, and the orchestra is conducted by Paul Hunt, professor of music. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 785-532-6428, or online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre. Fees apply to phone and online orders.

• The McCain Performance Series will offer a celebration of the culture of the Lakota people with the performance of "Cokata Upo!" (Come to the Center) by the Lakota Sioux Dance Theater at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.

• Students from the string and percussion studios will present "Sticks and Strings," a chamber music recital, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The lower division percussion studio of Kurt Gartner, professor of music, will perform a recital at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall, followed by a recital by Gartner's upper division percussion studio at 7:30 p.m., also in Kirmser Hall.

• Guest clarinetist Stephan Vermeersch will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in All Faiths Chapel. From Belgium, Vermeersch is a performing and teaching musician in the disciplines of clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone. He performs contemporary music and also works with electronics and improvisation.

• Nancy Mahaney, curator of the "Earth and Loom: A Century of Native American Art" exhibition at the Beach Museum of Art, will present "An Evolving Relationship: Native American Artists and Collectors in the American Southwest" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the museum. Mahaney will discuss the exhibition, which features works from the collection of Dennis and Carola Deschner.

• Guest bassoonist Lia Southern will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in All Faiths Chapel. Southern is an assistant professor of bassoon at the University of Arkansas, principal bassoonist of the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas and the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and assistant principal bassoonist of the Fort Smith Symphony.

• "Elf," the Broadway musical, comes to McCain Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. "Elf" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and ends up at the North Pole. Poor toy-making skills and his enormous size set him on a path to find his birth father and true identity. Tickets 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 African Dance Ensemble will perform at a percussion student recital from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will perform for Manhattan Parents as Teachers from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Family and Child Resource Center, 2030 Tecumseh Road, Manhattan.

• Guest pianist Lok Ng comes to campus for a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in All Faiths Chapel. Originally from Beijing, China, Ng studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She immigrated to the United States and received degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of North Texas. She currently is assistant professor of piano at Truman State University.

• The K-State Percussion Ensembles I and II, directed by Kurt Gartner, professor of music, and Neil Dunn, instructor of music and dance, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in McCain Auditorium.

• The General Student Recital will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in All Faiths Chapel. Performing will be students from the music program's voice, keyboard, wind, string, and/or percussion divisions.

• Healing Arts, an evening of fun and learning for military families, will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Beach Museum. Adults will enjoy a museum tour and workshop, while separate activities are provided for the children. Refreshments provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families and Parent to Parent. Space is limited. Contact militaryfamilies@k-state.edu to register.

• Collegium Musicum, the early music ensemble directed by David Wood, instructor of music, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.

• The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will help kindergarten classes at Marlatt Elementary School learn about the letter "T" with an interactive demonstration and performance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the school.

• The Kansas State University Marching Band, directed by Frank Tracz, professor of music, and Don Linn, instructor of music, will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, in Ahearn Field House. A $1 donation per attendee is requested at the door.

Written by

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

At a glance

November brings a cultural cornucopia to Kansas State University, with a variety of musical performances, art activities and more.