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Arts notes

February 1, 2004

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KU seniors showing fruits of art training

Seniors in Kansas University's art department will showcase the fruits of their educational labor this week during the 2004 Art Department Senior Show.

Students studying drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, mixed media and installation have selected works to display during the week-long exhibit, which opens with a reception at 2 p.m. today at the Art and Design Gallery.

The show will remain on view through Friday.

KC Singers to have musical auditions

The Kansas City Singers will have auditions for "Chasing Destiny: The Journey of Lewis & Clark" beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

"Chasing Destiny" is an original musical production with roles for Thomas Jefferson, Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea, York and the many Native American and European characters who contributed to the historic journey. The script is the result of more than six years study of Jefferson's letters and Lewis & Clark's journals.

Performances will be in May at the Just Off Broadway Theater. Both singing and nonsinging roles are available. Visit www.KCSingers.org for details, then call (816) 361-0431, ext. 3 to schedule an audition.

The Kansas City Singers is a professional 16-voice a cappella chorus.

Jazz concert honors Lawrence native

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City jazz greats will honor the memory of Lawrence native George Salisbury during the George Salisbury Cabaret Concert.

The show will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in Pierson Auditorium, University Center, 50th Street and Rockhill Road. The concert will help raise scholarship money for students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Participating artists include the Sons of Brazil, Joe Cartwright, Kathleen Holeman, Brian Hicks, Rich Hill, the Conservatory Student Jazz Ensemble and the Conservatory Concert Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bobby Watson.

Salisbury moved to Kansas City in 1936 and established a reputation as an accompanist playing for Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. He studied at the conservatory in 1951-1956 and joined the faculty in 1957, teaching until just before his death in 1986.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and are available at (816) 235-6222.

Canadian Brass to open spring Lied season

"The men who put brass music on the map," according to The Washington Post, will play the first concert of the Lied Center's Spring 2004 season.

Canadian Brass, a brass quintet now in its 33rd season, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range in price from $18.50 to $42 and can be purchased by calling 864-2787.

A founding member, Canadian trumpeter Stuart Laughton has rejoined the group after a 32-year absence. He co-founded the group with Charles Daellenbach, tuba; and Eugene Watts, trombone. Josef Burgstaller, trumpet, and Jeff Nelson, French horn, round out the ensemble.

The repertoire in the group's new tour, called "Amazing Brass," ranges from Bach to Gershwin and Beethoven to Jelly Roll Morton.

Van Go show asks 'Have a Heart'

Van Go Mobile Arts wants sweethearts to skip roses and pick up a unique Valentine's Day gift at its second annual "Have a Heart" Valentine Art Show.

The show opens Friday with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 715 N.J. The gallery will remain open 1 p.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 14.

Glass frames and bowls, hand-painted and hand-printed cards and other artwork created by youth -- under the supervision of Lawrence printmaker Mark Watson -- in Van Go's SuperJAMS program are available.

Van Go, a nonprofit agency that provides social services and job skills to at-risk youth, offers three arts-based vocational training programs: JAMS, SuperJAMS and LifeJAMS (Jobs in the Arts Make Sense).

For more information, call 842-3797.

'Alterna-folk' star Patty Larkin coming

Versatile singer-songwriter Patty Larkin will perform what Guitar World has called "genre-stretching, string popping alterna-folk" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Larkin blends everything from samba to Celtic, folk and rock to jazz and blues. She has won 11 Boston Music Awards and garnered an honorary doctorate of music from the Berklee College of Music.

Her latest CD is "Red=Luck."

Tickets to the concert, presented by West Side Folk, are $20 and can be purchased by calling 843-2787 or visiting www.westsidefolk.org.

Unity Gallery calls for themed artwork

Unity Gallery, 900 Madeline Lane, is seeking art for a mixed media show that will be on view Feb. 14-March 27.

The artwork should interpret the theme From Pink (Valentine's Day) to Green (St. Patrick's Day).

Artwork may be submitted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the gallery. For more information or to make other arrangements, call Robbin Loomas at 841-5153 or Jim Jagger at 838-9859.

Tapestries, collages compose CornerBank show

Tapestry landscapes and mixed media collages are the focus of the upcoming art show at CornerBank.

The featured artists are Dan Schriner, who creates his large landscapes using yarn in tapestry weavings, and Barbara Solberg, who incorporates a variety of media, including found objects, pastel, acrylic and oils to create her works on paper.

The show opens with a wine-and-cheese reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St. It will remain on view through March 26.

The exhibit may be viewed during bank hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Concert to benefit arts center children

Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups will perform at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center to raise money for its scholarship fund.

The Kansas City artist and his band offer song and dance for children. The music focuses on laughing, singing, dancing and playing. Several of his CDs have earned national Parents Choice Awards.

McDonald's of Lawrence is sponsoring the performance.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., 843-2787.

KU art department brings noted painter to campus

New York painter Julie Heffernan will discuss her work at 10 a.m. Thursday in room 421 of Kansas University's Art and Design Building as part of the art department's Visiting Artist Series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Heffernan is represented by Pilkington-Olsoff Fine Arts. She graduated with a master of fine arts from the Yale School of Art in 1985.

She will be artist in residence with the department Wednesday through Friday, critiquing graduate art students' work.

Four to eight artists are chosen by a committee of art students and faculty each year for the Visiting Artist Series.

For more information, call 864-4401.

Visiting Artist Series hosts bassoonist, pianist

Bassoonist Albie Micklich will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

Micklich, assistant professor of bassoon at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, and is currently principal bassoon of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.

Nicole Narboni, a senior lecturer in piano at the School of Music of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will accompany Micklich.

The duo will perform a variety of selections, including works by Romeo Cascarino, Alexandre Tansman and Eugene Bozza.

The concert is part of the department of music and dance's Visiting Artist Series. For more information, call 864-3436.

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