Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Musicians, dancers highlight Artist and Lecture series

August 16, 2007

A collection of musicians, dance troupes and singers highlight Baker University's annual Artist and Lecture Series for 2007-2008.

The series opens at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Rice Auditorium with guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Stephen Bennett scheduled to perform.

"We're pleased with the variety of the lineup," said Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series. "There should be something for everyone in the community to enjoy."

Buehler has made the performers aware that Baker will be celebrating its 150th birthday throughout the year.

"These distinguished guests have been told that it is Baker's 150th birthday," Buehler said. "Some of them said they planned to base a routine focusing on Baker's sesquicentennial."

Three of the guests are from the Kansas City area -- Kansas City Chorale, CelloRondo and City in Motion Dance Theater. As of early August, no date had been set for the Kansas City Chorale appearance.

"There is a strong Kansas City connection to the series," Buehler said. "These groups continue to have a strong following in the region."

CelloRondo is an international quartet of cellists Lawrence Figg, Martin Storey, Allen Probus and Krassimira Figg. They are all professional musicians based in the Kansas City area.

Andrea Skowronek, who choreographed Broadway at Baker during the summer on the Baldwin City campus, will return to direct the City in Motion Dance Theater on March 26.

The lone lecturer in the series is Bob Reiss, who speaks regularly at colleges on global warming, the subject of his recent nonfiction book, "The Coming Storm." Reiss is a former Chicago Tribune reporter whose work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Parade, Rolling Stone and other national publications. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Owens Audio-Visual Room.

"Bob Reiss will provide a very timely discussion for the campus and community," Buehler said. "I anticipate there will be a lot of campus interest with all the recent attention on global warming."

Season tickets for the series 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 at

All events are general admission. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the performances.

For more on the Artist and Lecture Series, visit the visitors link under

Tommy Emmanuel and Stephen Bennett
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $30; youths, $25.

Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and flatpicking guitarist Stephen Bennett combine their talents to provide a dynamic evening of fingerpicking, heartfelt blues, old standards and original compositions.

Andreas Klein
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4
Where: McKibbin Recital Hall
Tickets: adults, $30; youths, $25

German-born pianist Andreas Klein brings the classics to life, fusing impeccable technical skill and luminous artistry to capture the melodious and graceful spirit of Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and more.

Kansas City Chorale
When: 7:30 p.m., TBA
Where: First United Methodist Church
Tickets: adults, $25; youths, $15

The Kansas City Chorale is one of the premier professional vocal ensembles in the nation dedicated to performing music from diverse historical periods. The director, Charles Bruffy, also directs the Phoenix Bach Choir and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Baker University.

When: 7:30 p.m., March 6
Where: McKibbin Recital Hall
Tickets: adults, $30; youths, $25

Kansas City's premier cello quartet entices audiences with exquisite interpretations of classical favorites. From Bach to contemporary, the four world-renowned cellists produce a rich and vibrant sound.

City in Motion Dance Theater
When: 7:30 p.m., March 26
Where: Rice Auditorium
Tickets: adults, $30; youths, $25

With eight professional dancers, the City In Motion Dance Theater has kept the spirit of dance alive in Kansas City for more than 20 years.

Bob Reiss
When: 7:30 p.m., April 17
Where: Owens Audio-Visual Room
Tickets: adults: $30, youth: $25

Passionate about politics and environmental issues, best-selling author Bob Reiss will discuss his career as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and on global warming, the subject of his recent nonfiction book, "The Coming Storm."

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