Kansas State University the place for holiday music, fun and more
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
MANHATTAN — Celebrate the holiday season with Kansas State University through theatre, dance, art, music and more during December. Events listed below are offered by the university's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, McCain Performance Series and the School Music, Theatre, and Dance. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.
• The Canadian Brass returns to McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, the Canadian Brass will perform an eclectic holiday set featuring seasonal music. Tickets start at $12.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The K-State Jazz Big Bands Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The concert will be directed by Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music and director of jazz studies, and Gordon Lewis, instructor of music.
• The original television classic, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," is being brought to life in "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in McCain Auditorium. See all of the characters come to life in an adventure that teaches its audience that what makes a person different can be what makes them special. Tickets for "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" start at $14.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• Students of in the horn studio of Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor of music, will present a studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• A recital by the music program's wind and percussion division will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in 201 McCain Auditorium.
• Artist Jacqueline Bishop will present "Climate Strange" at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Bishop's work is currently on view in the museum's exhibition "Songs for the Earth." Bishop explores psychological connections between humans and nonhumans through paintings, drawings and printmaking. Influenced by more than two decades of traveling the forests in the Amazon, experiencing Hurricane Katrina, and documenting the BP oil spill, her work addresses the politics behind species extinction and eco-political injustice. The result is surreal landscapes impacted by technology, industrialization and overpopulation. In these environments, birds, symbols for Bishop of the human soul, call out for careful consideration of the delicate balance between organisms and the earth.
• WinterDance 2015 will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, along with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. The showcase will display a variety of dance styles, including jazz, tap, modern, ballet and African. Kansas State University students will perform original pieces choreographed by faculty. Tickets are $10-$15, plus applicable taxes and fees, and available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• K-State Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in McCain Auditorium.
• K-State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will present a concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in McCain Auditorium. The Winds Ensemble, conducted by Frank Tracz, director of bands, and the Wind Symphony, conducted by Don Linn, assistant professor of band, will preform a variety of music.
• K-State Baroque Gala will host a Collegium Musicum and Friends at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at First United Methodist Church located at 612 Poyntz Ave.
• Tour four homes decked out for the holidays on the McCain Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Proceeds benefit the McCain Performance Series and its education programs. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
• An extravaganza of winter-based art activities to help celebrate the season will be offered at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art's Family Holiday Workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. This year's theme is nature, such as pinecones, snowflakes and birds. Refreshments will be provided. Cost to attend is $5 per child; $3 for members. Reservations are not required to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is co-sponsored by the National Art Education Association's K-State student chapter.
• Elizabeth Tobald will present a student viola recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in McCain Auditorium's Kirmser Hall.
• The Festival of Holiday Music, by the K-State Choirs, will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information, contact Julie Yu, associate professor of music and co-director of choral studies, at 785-532-3815 or email@example.com.
• Slawomir Dobrzanski, associate professor of music, will present a studio recital at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 481 Zeandale Road.
• The University Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the All Faiths Chapel.
• The K-State Student Composition Recital will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in All Faiths Chapel.
• The K-State Orchestra Concert, conducted by David Littrell, university distinguished professor of music, will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in McCain Auditorium. Performance will include songs from "Camelot," "Brigadoon," "Paint Your Wagon," "Gigi" and "My Fair Lady."
• Aaron Neville will present a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 9, in McCain Auditorium. A New Orleans native, R&B musician and soul singer, Neville will bring his iconic sound to the McCain Performance Series, singing holiday favorites in his own distinctive style. Tickets for start at $12.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain, or by calling 785-532-6428.
• The Beach Museum of Art will host Student Study Night from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Need a quiet place to study, complete with snacks? The Beach Museum is the place to be. The galleries will be open if you need to take a break for inspiration.
• The K-State Jazz Combos will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union.
• ARTSmart classes return Dec. 16-18 with "Art for the Earth." The program includes story time, a gallery visit to the "Jacqueline Bishop: Songs for the Earth" exhibition and a mixed-media art project. The cost is $3 per child or $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by calling 785-532-7718 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These monthly classes are designed for preschool children ages 3-5, with a special section for toddlers and 2-year-olds, as well as homeschool children. View the schedule of classes at beach.k-state.edu/participate/classes/artsmart.html.
• Stellen Roden will perform a soprano piece at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, in All Faiths Chapel.