Archive for Saturday, August 18, 1990


August 18, 1990


Jackie Davis is taking the Kansas University Concert Series to your doorstep. Or, rather, your doorknob.

"We're having 8,000 `Do not disturb' signs printed up," said Davis, the series director. "They'll have the Concert Series schedule printed on them.

The signs are among the more creative aspects of Davis' drive to get KU students into the dance, music and theatrical performances the series brings each year to Lawrence.

With a budget of about $500,000, Davis' office books concerts and acts for its Concert, Chamber Music and New Directions series. It's supported by university and Kansas Arts Council funds as well as private funds from the Swarthout Society Friends.

IN EDUCATING KU students about the events in the series, Davis said the first step is getting students into the theater. Thanks to support from the Student Union Assn., the series can offer reduced-priced tickets to KU students.

"There are a lot of students who don't realize they can get to see (violinist) Itzhak Perlman for as little as $10," she said.

In addition, a whole staff position in the Concert Series office is devoted to educating the public. In the fall, Jean Mellinger will be taking over that arm of the office.

"We arrange some kind of seminar or lecture by the artists whenever they come," she said.

Examples from last year include separate panel discussions featuring contemporary choreographer Trisha Brown and performance artist Laurie Anderson, as well as some open rehearsals and master classes.

On top of that, Davis recommends students read such magazines as Dance in America to keep abreast of the developments in contemporary art, particularly for the more avant-garde performances offered in the New Directions series.

THE CONCERT Series, whose performances are in Hoch Auditorium, includes:

Itzhak Perlman, world-reknown Israeli violinist, Oct. 3. Perlman will be returning to Lawrence after a 1984 appearance.

The American Indian Dance Theatre, Nov. 3: This company offers a series of traditional dances from Native American culture. The performance will conincide with the finale of the Lawrence Indian arts show, co-sponsored by KU, Haskell Indian Junior College and the Lawrence Arts Center.

The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus performing "Alexander Nevsky," Jan 25: This 1938 film by the legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein was originally meant to be performed with a large orchestra playing the score. The Kansas City Symphony has added the performance to its 1990-91 repertory, and it will bring the production to Lawrence as part of a Midwest tour.

"The Marriage of Figaro" from the New York City Opera National Company, March 4: Once again, this touring company attached to the New York City Opera will visit Lawrence on its annual tour. The Mozart opera will feature young singers trying to make it in the opera world.

THE Miami City Ballet, April 24: The dancer Edward Villella left the confines of New York to lead this ballet company.

The Chamber Music series includes:

The Los Angeles Piano Quartet, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre.

The Camerata Musica of the DDR, 3:30 p.m. Jan 20 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. This East German ensemble specializes in 18th century music.

Trio de Milano, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Crafton-Preyer Theatre: Straight from the Milan, Italy, Conservatory, this group is known for its techincal proficiency.

Paula Robison, flute, and Eliot Fisk, guitar, 8 p.m. April 16, Liberty Hall.

THE NEW Directions series includes:

"Festival 2000: Sense Us The Rainbow Anthems," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Hoch Auditorium: The poet Sonia Sanchez and the percussionist Max Roach teamed up to develop this performance piece, billed as a kind of "national anthem" for people of color. The work was heard recently in San Francisco.

ISO/The Bobs, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Hoch Auditorium: A compilation of music and dance characterized as "lots of laughs and some visual pyrotechnics."

Bill T. Jones Dance Co., 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Hoch Auditorium: This group will be performing a still-in-the-works performance piece called "The Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin," which promises to meditate on religion and race. The company will be accompanied by Julius Hemphill and his Sax Sextet.

Urban Bush Women, 8 p.m. March 27, Liberty Hall: The company mixes and merges contemporary and African dance innovations along with singing, chanting and hollering.

IN ADDITION, the series plans to offer the following extra performances:

"The Nutcracker," performed by the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre: For those of you who need to satisfy that holiday yearning for a little Tchaikovsky, this is it.

"Into the Woods," 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Hoch Auditorium: A touring production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's intimate musical about fairy tales comes to Lawrence.

Tickets for the series are available at the Murphy Hall Box Office. Special student rates apply in most instances.

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