Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Artist, Lecture Series has busy schedule

August 18, 2005

Award-winning guitarist Stephen Bennett will launch Baker University's annual Artist and Lecture Series, a collection of talented musicians and ensembles, plus a former CIA agent.

Bennett, a popular performer at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, opens the series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Rice Auditorium. There are seven acts on the 2005-2006 schedule, one more than last year.

"It's not difficult to find acts, because they find me," said Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series since 2000. "Every year I'm thrilled with all of them. I'm especially fond of the Amarcord, the five-voice male ensemble."

Amarcord features five former choristers of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, Germany. The group will perform Oct. 23 at Baldwin First United Methodist Church.

The series events are geared toward attracting residents from Baldwin City and the surrounding areas.

"I try to incorporate the events more into the community," she said. "We invite high school choral directors to bring kids. It is great for high school kids to hear and there are some great choral sounds."

In February, the series features "The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz," held in conjunction with Black History Month. Former University of Kansas jazz instructor Ronald McCurdy, chairman of the jazz studies department and professor of music at the University of Southern California, is in charge of the project.

"The Langston Hughes project will cover several bases," Buehler said. "It's an evening conference, a multimedia presentation, a jazz group plays and a guy will be reading Langston Hughes poetry."

Another one of Buehler's personal favorites is Cherish the Ladies, an all-woman Irish-American band.

"I like to go to the Walnut Valley Festival to see who's doing what," Buehler said. "They are just outrageous. I thought they would be fun to bring to campus."

The lone lecturer in the series is Richard Holm, a former CIA agent. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Season tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for youths. They can be bought at the Baker's business office, Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank and the Kansas State Bank or by contacting Buehler at 594-8421 or

All events are general admission, and tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the shows. Baker University students with valid Baker identification are admitted free to the series events.


Sept. 9

Stephen Bennett,


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium

Stephen Bennett is known for his ability to inspire whether he is playing his harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard six-string. His relaxed presence and quick wit spark audience enthusiasm during his live performances. His diverse musical influences and interests, when mixed with his love for the guitar, make a unique sound.

Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10

Sept. 20

Richard Holm,

author and former CIA agent

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Owens Audiovisual Room.

A long-serving and highly regarded CIA officer, Richard Holm provides an accurate look into CIA operations through his books, including "The American Agent: My Life in the CIA."

Tickets: adults, $10; youths, $10.

Oct. 23


five-voice male ensemble

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Baldwin First United Methodist Church

Five former choristers of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig -- Holger Krause, Frank Ozimek, Daniel Knauft, Wolfram Lattke and Dietrich Barth -- have become one of Europe's finest male a cappella quintets. Since their debut in 1992, the ensemble Amarcord has won a number of top international prizes. Their sound is known for its purity, variety, perfect pitch and intonation.

Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $10.

November 19

Ebony & Ivory,

musical duo featuring Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet, and Andrew Gilpin, piano

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium

Andrew Gilpin is a self-taught pianist and Fred Jacobowitz received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. Together, these two make extraordinary music. Their sound is described as fresh and vibrant with an appealing musical mix. The intricate melodies and strong rhythmic playing they create has received an enthusiastic response from audiences.

Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10.

Feb. 16

Langston Hughes' "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" featuring the McCurdy/Wright Consort

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium

The McCurdy/Wright Consort joins former KU jazz instructor Ron McCurdy for a performance in conjunction with Black History Month.

Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $15.

March 9

Cherish the Ladies,

All-Women Irish-American Band

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium

The traditional Irish music sensation is one of the most successful and sought-out Irish-American groups in Celtic music history. The musicians were named Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper and received the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year award.

Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10

April 6

The Amadeus Trio

Chamber ensemble, Marian Hahn, piano; Timothy Baker, violin; Jeffrey Solow, cello

Jeffrey Solow, cello, has received two Grammy Award nominations and Marian Hahn and Timothy Baker have been top prize winners in international competitions. Together, the three create rousing and dramatic performances. They have appeared in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Washington's Kennedy Center and San Francisco's Herbst Theater.

Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10.

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