Kick off the school year with music, theatre, art and more at Kansas State University
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
"Siege of Petersburg, Virginia: A Night Attack," March 31, 1865, was drawn by Andrew McCallum. This drawing is from the Becker Collection in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be on view during the exhibition "Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection" opening Sept. 9 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — As the school year begins, opportunities for cultural entertainment at Kansas State University are commencing as well.
The following cultural events, sponsored by the university's McCain Performance Series, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Landon Lecture Series and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will take place on the Manhattan campus. Most events are free, unless otherwise noted.
• The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and 91.9 KSDB team up to sponsor the Welcome Back Papermaking Workshop and Live Music from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the museum. All are welcome to tour the galleries, grab a snack, listen to live music near the museum's Meadow, and make paper by hand.
• Violinist Cora Cooper, K-State professor of music who has professional symphony experience, will present a faculty recital from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in All Faiths Chapel.
• Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman, will present a Landon Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in McCain Auditorium.
• Saxophonist Anna Marie Wytko, associate professor music, will present a faculty recital featuring the smooth sounds of jazz from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in All Faiths Chapel. Wytko has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico.
• The opening reception for the new Beach Museum of Art exhibition "Civil War Era Drawings From the Becker Collection" will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the museum. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 18, will be the first opportunity for scholars and enthusiasts to see selections from this previously unknown collection of Civil War-era drawings from the Becker Collection.
• All-State Prep Day will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Kirmser Hall at McCain Auditorium. Any student interested in auditioning for the 2017 Kansas Music Educators Association's all-state choir is welcome to get expert help with audition preparation.
• Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano, will present a recital from 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at All Faiths Chapel.
• The K-State Orchestra will be in concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in McCain Auditorium, with a suggested donation of $5 for this event.
• The General Student Recital will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in All Faiths Chapel.
• Enjoy the talents of K-State music faculty and staff members as they present a series of trios featuring Brahms, Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla and Libby Larsen from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in All Faiths Chapel. The trios will be made up of the following faculty and staff: Todd Kerstetter, clarinet; Anna Marie Wytko, saxophone; David Litrell, cello; and Amanda Arrington, piano.
• The 2016-2017 McCain Performance Series will kick off with the ThePianoGuys, the musical sensation that performs a unique blend of pop songs and piano music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in McCain Auditorium. Limited tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, calling 785-532-6428, or online at k-state.edu/mccain.
• The September presentation in the K-State LASER Series will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Beach Museum of Art. The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, or LASER, is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and discussion around the intersection of art and science. For this month's speakers and more information visit http://dxmedialab.org/activities/laser/.
• Spend "An Evening with Pat Metheny" as part of the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in McCain Auditorium. Jazz guitarist Metheny is the winner of 20 Grammy Awards. Joining him will be noted musicians Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or online at k-state.edu/mccain.
• Stop by the Beach Museum's K-State Family Day Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and see the university's common work of art for 2016, "Dendrochronological Data Sequences" by Andrzej Zieliński. This work complements the K-State common book for 2016, "Spare Parts" by Joshua Davis. Visitors also can enjoy a self-guided gallery activity and create a found-art sculpture project.
• Christian Blackburn, baritone, will present a recital from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in All Faiths Chapel.
• John Robison, lute, and Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano, will perform from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• The Beach Museum of Art will offer a Civil War Era Drawings Exhibition Panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the museum. Mike Hankins, doctoral candidate in history at K-State, will moderate a discussion of regional Civil War history with the following speakers: Joan Stack, curator of art collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; Miller Williams Boyd, instructor in African-American studies at the University of Mississippi; and Charles Sanders, associate professor of history at K-State.
• K-State Theatre will kick off its 2016-2017 season with the Tennessee Williams' classic "The Glass Menagerie" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in West Stadium's Purple Masque Theatre. "The Glass Menagerie" is the story of a mother, son and daughter trying to find their way through poverty and social issues in St. Louis. The box office opens one hour before curtain time. For more ticket information, call 785-236-8638.
• The Oak Ridge Boys, one of country music's longest running and most acclaimed acts, bring four-part harmonies and upbeat songs to K-State as part of the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or online at k-state.edu/mccain.