Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Variety marks this year’s Artist and Lecture Series

August 23, 2001

A jazz quartet, cellist and African dance troupe highlight this year's Artist and Lecture Series at Baker University. Seven events are planned for the 2001-2002 series, which runs Sept. 18 through April 16.

The series promises to hold "something for everyone," according to series chair Susan Buehler.

"It's going to be wonderful. It's going to be full of surprises," Buehler said. "I would encourage everyone to attend."

Buehler is particularly excited about Cantus, a 12-voice men's singing group from Minnesota. The male vocal chamber ensemble sings familiar pieces from the past, as well as new works created either by its members or commissioned for the group. All group members are under the age of 25. The ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Baldwin First United Methodist Church.

"They're a really good singing group and fairly new," Buehler said. "That will be one of the highlights of the fall semester."

The year will kick off with "The Affairs of Race in America," a discussion of the state of civil rights in the United States today by two descendants of Thomas Jefferson, one African-American and one white, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Rice Auditorium. The discussion is also part of Baker's week-long celebration of the civil rights movement.

Individual or season tickets can be purchased from the Baker University business office, Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank and Kansas State Bank. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour before each show. Season tickets cost $30, while costs for individual events vary from $5 to $12. For more information, contact Buehler at 594-8421 or sbuehler@bakeru.edu.

This year's Artist and Lecture Series events:

Sept. 18: "The Affairs of Race in America" features two descendants of Thomas Jefferson, one African-American and one white, discussing the state of civil rights today. Speakers are Shay Banks-Young and Julia Jefferson. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium. Adult: $10, Youth: $6.

Sept. 27: Doug Talley Quartet will appeal to jazz enthusiasts. Saxophonist Doug Talley of Kansas City, has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jay McShann, Bob Mintzer, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Gary Foster and Scott Robinson. He is teamed with Wayne Hawkins on piano, Keith Kavanaugh on drums and Tim Brewer on bass. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium. Adult: $8, Youth: $5.

Oct. 4: Cantus, a 12-voice men's singing group, will entertain audiences with familiar music and original material. Works this season include a collection of texts by Dylan Thomas, Tanzanian folk tales and a cycle of "Cicada Songs" all set to music. 7:30 p.m. Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Adult $12, Youth $10.

Nov. 15: Cellist Clancy Newman, a prestigious Naumberg winner, will delight audiences with his engaging performance. Newman has also won the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition, the Juilliard School Cello Competition, the National Society for Arts and Letters Cello Competition, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. 7:30 p.m. McKibbin Recital Hall. Adult: $10, Youth: $8.

Feb. 26: The National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique was founded by a troupe of dancers, singers, poets and theater artists in 1976. The company's repertoire ranges from traditional dances, with choral and instrumental music, to modern African ballet, accompanied by poetical recitation and story telling. The New York Times said of the troupe: "The program was exhilarating in the caliber of performing and the exquisite costumes and stage designs." 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium. Adult: $12, Youth: $10.

March 5: Speaker David Helvarg, author of The War Against the Greens, is an award-winning investigative journalist and former war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America with 22 years experience in print, radio and television. He has produced more than 30 broadcast documentaries for PBS, network and cable TV. He writes regularly on environmental politics for The Nation. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium. Adult: $10, Youth: $8.

April 16: The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is comprised of area musicians from Lawrence and surrounding communities. The orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Juan La Manna. 7:30 p.m. Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Adult: $10, Youth: $8.

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