Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Artist and Lecture Series showcases talent

August 19, 2004

Jazz music, classical piano, singing and dancing will highlight Baker University's Artist and Lecture Series this season.

Season tickets can be purchased for $35 for adults and $25 for youth at Baker's business office, or at any of the three banks in Baldwin City: Baldwin State Bank, Kansas State Bank or Mid-America Bank. They can also be purchased by contacting Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series, at 594-8421 or All events are general admission and tickets may also be purchased at the door. Performances are free for Baker students with their Baker ID.

Artist and Lecture Series 2004 Schedule

Sept. 21: The season opener features the return of guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, winner of numerous awards. Emmanuel has worked with recording artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chet Atkins and the Chieftains. Famous for his appearances at the Walnut Valley Flat-Picking Championships in Winfield, Emmanuel has become a highly regarded musician in the music industry. He received a Grammy nomination in 1998 with Atkins for "The Day Fingerpickers took over the World." When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $20; youth, $15.

Oct. 21: Legendary jazz musician Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band will make a first appearance in Baldwin City this season, playing jazz hits such as "McArthur Park," "Birdland," "Maria" and "Chameleon." He has been billed as one of the world's greatest trumpet players with a knack for playing the high notes. Audiences will enjoy his rendition of "Gonna Fly Now," the theme from the motion picture "Rocky," in addition to all of the high-energy tunes put forth by the band. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $20; youth, $15.

Oct. 29: Concert pianist Arthur Greene will take the stage for the first time on the Baker campus. He has won acclaim in concert halls and competitions throughout the world, performing on five continents and winning numerous competitions, festivals and awards. He received degrees from Yale, Juilliard and Stony Brook and released a recording on the Scriabin Sonatas in 2003 that the American Record Guide described as "stellar." He is a member of the University of Michigan piano faculty. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $8; youth, $5. (This performance is funded in part by Kansas Music Teachers' Association, which will hold its annual fall conference on the Baker campus.)

Nov. 17: The Milford White Endowed Lecture will feature speaker Margaret Rausch, a member of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Her areas of expertise include Islamic history, Sufism, Women in Islam, popular religious expression in Islam and Muslim women singers. Her publications include "Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession: Moroccan Women and the Revision of Tradition." Her presentation on the Baker campus will be a part of International Education Week in which numerous events highlighting global and cultural topics will be featured. The Milford White Endowed Lecture annually features a speaker whose presentation focuses on issues dealing with science, technology or human values. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: McKibbin Recital Hall. Tickets: adults, $8; youth $5.

Feb. 15: Jitro, the Czech Girls' Choir, has earned a reputation around the world in the last 30 years for its tonal brilliance, superb intonation, distinctive rich blend of sound and energetic vitality. The group has performed on several continents and has numerous recordings to its credit. It is often seen as one of the best children's choirs anywhere in the world. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Tickets: adults, $15; youth: $12. (While touring the United States, group members stay with people in the community where they perform. Anyone interested in housing members of Jitro overnight should contact Buehler for details at 594-8421).

March 10: The season will end with Tony Waag's Tap City in which every imaginable style of tap dance is represented. The performances reflect racial, cultural, generational, physical and stylistic diversity. Three generations of hoofers come together in celebration of one of the most virtuosic and entertaining art forms in America. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditorium. Tickets: adults, $20; youth, $15.

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