Kick off the school year with music, dance, Jay Leno, Charlie Daniels and more at Kansas State University
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
MANHATTAN — A new school year is underway at Kansas State University and brings opportunities to enjoy performances by students, faculty and noted artists on campus or in the Manhattan community. Events below are offered by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the School Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the McCain Performance Series. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
• "Tap to Togetherness" features the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble and K-State dance program from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Marlatt Elementary School, 2715 Hobbs Drive, Manhattan. Event is offered by Manhattan Parents as Teachers in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension and Early Childhood Development.
• Slawomir Dobrzanski, professor of piano, will present a faculty artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in All Faiths Chapel.
• Stan Herd will give an Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Beach Museum of Art. Herd, best known for his work as a crop artist, acted as lead artist for the collaboratively designed exhibition at the museum, "Cairns on the Beach." Inspired by Herd's encounter with stacked rock sculptures in the woods near Lake Perry, "Cairns on the Beach" highlights the natural beauty of our region's geology and pays homage to the long history of built stone structures in Kansas.
• The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble will perform for the Parents as Teachers program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at College Hill Preschool, 2600 Kimball Ave., Manhattan.
• The Faculty and Guest Artist Chamber Music Recital will be at 7:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• The McCain Performance Series opens its 2015-2016 season with the award-winning Charlie Daniels Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in McCain Auditorium. Enjoy outlaw country fused with Southern rock. Tickets for the Charlie Daniels Band are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• Award-winning pop and jazz a cappella ensemble m-pact will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in McCain Auditorium. A McCain Performance Series presentation, m-pact brings the smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and drive of Earth, Wind & Fire, the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and more. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• A faculty artist recital by Amy Rosine, associate professor of voice and a soprano, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in All-Faiths Chapel.
• Acclaimed late-night TV show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno, with special guest Emily West, comes to Kansas State University as part of the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The K-State Choirs All-State Prep Day will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at McCain Auditorium. High school students can prepare their all-state audition music with the university's choral faculty and staff. The students will have opportunities to work in small and large groups on the audition music, and then they will be treated to a performance by a K-State choir. Preregistration is required; more information is available at kstatechoirs.com/all-state-prep-day-2015.html.
• The K-State Orchestra, conducted by David Littrell, university distinguished professor of music, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in McCain Auditorium.
• The General Student Recital by students throughout the music program will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept.17, in All Faiths Chapel.
• The opening reception for the exhibition "Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists" will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Beach Museum.
• As part of K-State Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Beach Museum of Art will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the Common Works of Art for 2015, chosen to complement "The Other Wes Moore," the 2015 Kansas State Book Network selection. Art, in-gallery activities and refreshments also will be available.
• The five-time Grammy Award-winning Robert Cray Band, with special guest Shemekia Copeland, brings rock, soul, jazz, funk, and rhythm and blues to McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, as part of the McCain Performance Series. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The Friends of the Beach Museum of Art present "Art for Every Home — Recalling Earlier Eras," a fundraiser for the museum, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Activities include a dinner at the Bluemont Hotel followed by dessert and special performances at the museum. Cost is $125 per person and reservations are required by Sept. 11. Call 785-532-7718 for more information.
• Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at McCain Auditorium. The McCain Performance Series presentation is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.