Energy will abound for Artist, Lecture Series
Every year, the Baker University Artist and Lecture Series is said to possibly be the finest one yet. The same, of course, will be said for this year's group of performers and lecturers, except that this year's version may consistently pack a little more energy than in the past.
Susan Buehler, assistant professor of music and member of the Artist and Lecture Series Committee, is excited about the season and the diversity of entertainment it will bring the campus and community.
"I highly recommend every event," Buehler said. "Each one is superb and special in its own right, and with the lineup we have, there is something for everyone."
Season tickets can be purchased for $30 for adults and $15 for youth at the business office at Baker University, or any of the three banks in Baldwin City: Baldwin State Bank, Kansas State Bank or Mid-America Bank. All performances are free for Baker students with their Baker ID.
Sept. 19: The season opener features Glen Road, a band comprising an enthusiastic Irish threesome featuring a guitar, a flute and a fiddle. Not only do they entertain with song, but they also weave jokes and stories into their show making for a dynamic and energetic season starter. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $8; youth, $5.
Nov. 6: Ethos, a four-member percussion ensemble, has been hailed by The New York Times as expert in togetherness, sensitivity and energy. This New York-based group beats out everything from Guatemalan marimba music to energetic Japanese Taiko drumming to more contemporary pieces. During the day, Ethos will combine with a few invited area high school and Baker University percussionists for a workshop before the concert. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Tickets: adults, $10; youth, $5.
Nov. 22: The award winning nationally broadcast comedy show, "Right Between the Ears," will hit Baldwin City. This Lawrence-based radio theater group has been called witty and creative, especially targeting movie and TV stars, pro athletes and politicians with their satire. The group regularly amuses audiences at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $8; and Youth, $5.
Feb. 19: The Milford White Endowed Lecture is titled "Sex, Power and the Media." Speaker Ann Simonton is former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who now talks about sexism, racism and violence in the media. Simonton is an avid supporter of education and poses controversial questions and topics for discussion, such as is it possible to advocate for free speech and also oppose pornography? Buehler said the lecture should be invigorating and thought provoking. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Owens AV Room. Tickets: adults, $8; youth, $5.
March 23: The young, energetic 11-member string ensemble, International Sejong, will entertain local audiences. These conductorless award-winning soloists have nine different nationalities represented within the group. The Sejong soloists have performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and have toured all over the world. Now, they will appear in Baldwin City with their critically acclaimed precision. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Tickets: adults, $15; and youth, $12.
April 22: The last performance of the season is by the Anonymous 4. As one of the last performances on their farewell tour, this group of four women will present their vocal concert titled "American Angels." The Anonymous 4 have been together for 17 years and have sold more than a million copies of 14 different albums. This is one of the last opportunities to see this group together as the Anonymous 4. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Tickets: adults, $15; and youth, $12.