Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Baker alumnus to return for concert

August 17, 2006

A benefit concert by jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany highlights Baker University's 2006-2007 Artist and Lecture Series.

Mahogany, a 1981 Baker graduate, is known for bebop, ballads, blues and swinging jazz. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Rice Auditorium. Donations will be accepted to support the Lumberyard Arts Center project.

"Kevin is a very supportive alum of Baker," said Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series," said Susan Buehler, director of the Artist & Lecture Series. "He enjoys coming back to the community."

Mahogany's performance is one of seven events planned for the series. The series opens with the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Rice Auditorium.

"I think it's a good lineup," Buehler said of the series. "We have plenty of singers, but I think they're varied enough to attract different audiences. The inflatable theater with its great acrobats and dancers is an extremely fun show for children."

Students from the Baldwin school district will be admitted to the opening show for $1.

"We always strive for diversity, provide an international scope and make the series educational," Buehler said.

Season tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for youths. Tickets can be bought at the Baker University business office, Baldwin State Bank, Kansas State Bank or by contacting Buehler at 594-8421 or susan.buehler@bakeru.edu

All events are general admission. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the shows. Baker University students, faculty and staff with a valid Baker identification are admitted free to all events.

Schedule
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $15; youths in Baldwin school district, $1.
Fast-paced and energetic, performers Fred Garbo and Daielma Santos mesmerize their audience with imaginative imagery and artistic foolishness. The company has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and at the Kennedy Center.

Red, Hot...& Blue!
When: 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at Maple Leaf Festival Parade and 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10.
The big band extravaganza from Branson, Mo., features the music of the Andrew Sisters, Glen Miller, Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman. The group will "show the audience what it can do" during the parade before the afternoon event at Rice Auditorium.

Octarium
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: First United Methodist Church
Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10
The vocal group focuses on fostering and promoting the development and appreciation of the art of choral music through innovative and engaging programming.

Kevin Mahogany
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $15; youths, $10
The jazz vocalist's performance will serve as a benefit concert for the Lumberyard Arts Center project. Mahogany, a jazz vocalist, has produced 11 CDs and his own record label.

Lost in Yonkers,
Montana Repertory Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m. March 20
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $15.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a witty celebration of family relationships. Neil Simon's heartfelt tale about two young boys forced to live for a year with their domineering grandmother is filled with trademark Simon humor and pathos.

Sandip Burman
When: 7:30 p.m. April 6
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $15
Sandip Burman's repertoire, flexibility and creativity as a tabla player have enabled him to play Jazz and World Music in addition to traditional Indian Classical Music. The tabla is a set of two small drums whose pitch can be varied.

Kathy Kosins
When: 7:30 p.m. April 19
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $20; youths, $15.
Known for her vibrant performances, the jazz vocalist delivers songs with a balance of swing and sensuality. She has received the Michigan Counsel for the Arts Jazz Composer of the Year.

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