Program series gets new name
From science lectures to smooth jazz to Tibetan monks, Baker University's Artist and Lecture Series will feature some new acts and some favorites from years past. The performing arts series itself even has a new name.
"The series used to be known as the 'co-curricular events'," said Susan Buehler, chair of the Artist and Lecture Series and assistant professor of music. "But we decided it was time for a change. There have been a variety of different titles for the series, and the consensus was that 'co-curricular' didn't really say much. And this year's line-up says a lot."
The year will kick off with a lecture from Arun Ghandi, non-violence activist and nephew of the Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Rice Auditorium.
Founder of the M. K. Ghandi Institute for Non-Violence, Ghandi's lecture will bring to life the philosophies of peace which have impacted lives all over the world for decades.
"Having Arun Ghandi come to Baker is a great honor," Buehler said. "He is a very powerful individual, and will definitely be one of the highlights."
Other performances and lectures will include a return of jazz powerhouse and Baker alumnus Kevin Mahogany and a lecture from author Eugene Linden.
"We have a nice, diverse line-up of events this year," Buehler said. "I'm most looking forward to the 'Mystical Arts of Tibet,' because I am always so interested to learn about different cultures. Having Kevin Mahogany back is always a treat, too."
Admission costs for each event vary. Individual or season tickets can be purchased from the Baker University business office, Baldwin State Bank and Kansas State Bank. Season tickets are $25. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour prior to each show. For more information call Susan Buehler, 785-594-8421, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's Artists and Lecture Series events:
Sept. 19: Dr. Arun Gandhi Don't miss your chance to spend a powerful evening with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Arun Gandhi is an international champion of peace and the founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence. His lectures about non-violence and overcoming prejudice offer a timely and universal examination of a philosophy and lifestyle strong enough to fuel revolutions. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $6, Youth: $4.
Sept. 26: The Mystical Arts of Tibet Imagine spending an extraordinary evening with monks from Tibet's most prestigious monastery. The monks of Drepung Loseling have entranced audiences around the world with their Tibetan temple music, dancing and costumes. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $8, Youth: $6.
Oct. 19: Kevin Mahogany Mellow out to the cool jazz stylings of Baker's own Kevin Mahogany, who was called the "stand-out jazz male vocalist of his generation" by Newsweek magazine. Songs featured on his three CDs include "In the Wee Hours of the Morning," "I Believe She was Talkin' 'Bout Me, Parker's Mood/Kansas City" and "Free." Mahogany is a 1981 Baker graduate. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $10, Youth: $8.
Oct. 24: Olivier Chassain The French guitarist will return to Baker's campus for a classical guitar concert. He has agreed to conduct a master class for Baker guitar students. Chassain currently
teaches at the Paris Conservatory of Music. 7:30 p.m. McKibbin Recital Hall, Owens Musical Arts Building, Adults: $6, Youth: $4.
Feb. 13: Eugene Linden The Milford White Lecture features Eugene Linden, an author, journalist, and science and environment writer for Time magazine. In his presentation The Parrot's Lament, Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat and outfox humans. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $6, Youth: $4.
Feb. 20: Lawrence Chamber Orchestra The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Juan La Manna, will perform a festive winter concert to help fight off the February chill. Composers to be performed include Arvo Part, Igor Stravinsky, and Bloch. 7:30 p.m. McKibbin Recital Hall, Adults: $6, Youth: $4.
March 8: The Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre View Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty as he meant it to be seen in 1890 with top Russian ballet dancers. The Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre, directed by Konstantin Tatchkin, will perform Act III of Sleeping Beauty. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $10, Youth: $8.
March 28: Behind The Broken Words Emmy-award winning actors Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe return to Baker to take their audience on a tour of words through 20th century poetry and drama. Works to be performed include pieces by Millay, Auden, Yeats, Thomas and Cummings. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium, Adults: $10, Youth: $8.