A first-ever concert next weekend will highlight the opera program at the Kansas University School of Music.
The Opera Gala event will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Lied Center. It will feature the KU Symphony Orchestra, 18 solo singers and 90 choristers, all performing in gowns and tuxedos.
The concert will feature semi-staged performances by such composers as Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet. KU choruses will combine with the orchestra to perform Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from his opera “Price Igor.”
Stage direction is provided by KU voice majors Silvia Stoner and Natalie Easter, who also sing in the event.
Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Contact the Lied Center Box Office at 864-2787 for tickets.
Thunder Bird Theatre to stage ‘Baby Blues’
Thunder Bird Theatre at Haskell Indian Nations University will stage “Baby Blues” by Drew Hayden Taylor Friday and Saturday.
The play is a comedy about an aging dancer who returns after 20 years to discover a secret from the past. Anthropology students journey for the answers.
The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Haskell Auditorium on campus.
Baker University hosts jazz festival
Fifteen area high school bands are expected in Baldwin City this week as Baker University hosts its 11th annual Jazz Festival.
The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Rice Auditorium with the Baker Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo performing with guest artist Jim Greeson. Greeson is a jazz guitarist and composer who is professor of jazz studies at the University of Arkansas.
The festival continues with a daylong series of performances and clinics featuring high school bands. Those performances also are in Rice Auditorium.
Van Go artists to sell works
The works of young artists involved in Van Go Mobile Arts will be on display Nov. 28 during the organization’s annual “Adornment” show and sale.
The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Van Go, 715 N.J. It highlights works by at-risk artists ages 14 to 21. In addition, silent auction items will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Nov. 24 through Dec. 1.
Highlights from this year’s show include painted rain barrels, children’s furniture, piggy banks, chairs, tables and more.
For more information, contact Van Go at 842-3797 or visit www.van-go.org.
New gallery show features Lawrence
A show featuring Lawrence artists depicting Lawrence is now on display at 1109 Gallery, 1109 Mass.
More than 60 new works of art are being presented in the show, titled “Lawrence Does Lawrence.”
The show runs through Jan. 10. A holiday open house reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Pianist to perform recital at KU
An award-winning pianist will perform a free recital Wednesday at Kansas University.
Thomas Rosenkranz, recipient of the 2003 Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall, inside KU’s Murphy Hall.
Rosenkranz is an Artistic Ambassador sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and he has traveled to North Africa and the Middle East promoting good will through his performances and interaction with local musicians.
His recent solo tour of China, Taiwan, and Inner Mongolia included stops in Dalian, Taichung, Shenyang, and in Dashiqiao where he presented the first public piano recital in the history of this city.
He is a currently a member of the piano faculty at the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and at the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy.
This recital is free and open to the public.