Faces familiar to Lawrence dot the schedules for the 1992-93 Kansas University Concert, Chamber Music and New Directions Series, which were released Thursday night.
Artur Pizarro, an internationally known pianist and Lawrence resident, will present a solo Concert Series performance Nov. 17 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Phyllis Pancella, an opera singer and 1986 KU graduate, will join the New World String Quartet on April 2, 1993, also at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
And Roger Shimomura, KU professor of art, brings a new performance art piece called "The Last Sansei'' on April 20, 1993, to the Haskell Indian Junior College Auditorium.
"IT IS ACTUALLY a coincidence that three artists from here happen to be on the the schedules in the same year,'' said Jacqueline Davis, director of the series. "I'm pleased that they are. But the more interesting thing about the program is that it represents very interesting and exciting performing arts activity.''
The upcoming season also includes internationally known groups such as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Waverly Consort, the Canadian Brass and the National Opera Company of Italy.
Because Hoch Auditorium was destroyed by fire in June 1991, Davis again turned to the Topeka Performing Arts Center to schedule four events. She said her experiences at the center during this past season were extremely positive. Unlike previous years, however, Davis scheduled no special events for the upcoming season because funding cuts stopped companies from touring.
AND BECAUSE of a lack of sufficient performing space in Lawrence, Davis cut back on the usual number of dance performances; this year will feature the BalletMet from Ohio with dance star Cynthia Gregory.
"We're not having the same number of dance performances because of facility limitations,'' she said. "We tried to schedule in Lawrence as much as possible.''
Davis, who is also director of the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, said she continues to work on scheduling for the 2,000-seat facility's opening season, set to begin in the fall of 1993. The Lied will be the site of all series events after it opens. She said subscription to the current season will be one factor in determining subscriber seating for the 1993-94 season.
Here is a list of the 1992-93 series schedules:
"Rigoletto,'' National Opera Company of Italy, 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Artur Pizarro, piano, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
"Porgy and Bess,'' national tour, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Topeka Performing Arts Center.
BalletMet featuring Cynthia Gregory, 8 p.m. March 11, Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Canadian Brass, 8 p.m. April 13, Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Chamber Music Series:
Juilliard String Quartet, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
American Chamber Players, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
The Waverly Consort, "Music of 1492,'' 8 p.m. Nov. 5, Plymouth Congregational Church.
Peter Serkin, piano, and Pamela Frank, violin, 3:30 p.m. March 7, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
New World String Quartet with Phyllis Pancella, 8 p.m. April 2, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
New Directions Series:
Culture Clash, date to be announced, Liberty Hall.
"The Mysteries and What's So Funny?'' with music by Philip Glass, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a capella ensemble, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Plymouth Congregational Church.
"The Last Sansei,'' 8 p.m. April 20, Haskell Indian Junior College Auditorium.