Archive for Sunday, September 20, 2009

Arts Notes: KU’s Collage Concert marks 10th anniversary

September 20, 2009


The new Kansas University School of Music will continue a decade-long tradition with the annual Collage Concert Friday.

The 10th annual concert, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center, will highlight a wide range of KU music faculty and students. Performers include the KU Brass and Percussion Ensemble and Herald Trumpets, Jazz Combo I, the Rock Chalk Singers, KU choral ensembles, the KU Symphony Orchestra, the KU Saxophone Quartet, KU String Quartet and the Marching Jayhawks, among others.

A new addition will be a research presentation by students and faculty in the music therapy and music education divisions.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for the public and $10 for students and seniors.

Following the Collage Concert, a ticketed fundraising reception is scheduled in the Seymour Gallery in the Lied Center. Attendees will be invited to join the new KU School of Music Sostenuto Society, a group of friends created to help grow the new school. Tickets to the reception are $75, which includes entry to the concert.

Call 864-3421 for information about either event.

Bulgarian pianist returns for recital

A Bulgarian pianist will return to his alma mater Wednesday to perform a recital at Kansas University.

Avguste Antonov, who received his bachelor’s degree from KU in 2005, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Swarthout Recital Hall, in Murphy Hall. He will perform works by Dana Suesse, Till MacIvor Meyn, Carter Pann and Robert Rollin. He also will premiere works by Raina Murnak and Matthew Lewis.

Antonov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1978 and began studying piano at age 5.

He studied at Ecole Normale de Paris and the Conservatoire Nationale de Region de Bordeaux. He studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City before coming to KU, where he studied under professor Jack Winerock.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Spencer opens poster exhibition

A new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art highlights more than 100 posters that deal with social, political and aesthetic preoccupations of several cultures.

“The Graphic Imperative” is a retrospective of 40 years of international sociopolitical posters organized by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy and tolerance.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 30 in the museum’s Central Court.

Collegium Musicum plans fall concert

Early music performed on period instruments will be highlighted during a concert Friday at Swarthout Recital Hall, inside Kansas University’s Murphy Hall.

The Collegium Musicum, composed of students and faculty, will perform at 4:30 p.m. Friday under the direction of professor Paul Laird. The group plans music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods on instruments like musicians played at the time. Featured composers will include Corelli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and others. The concert is free and open to the public.

KU troupe stages children’s musical

A musical fairy tale based on a James Thurber story will come to the stage next weekend as the Kansas University Theatre for Young People produces “The Thirteen Clocks.”

With a book by Fred Sadoff and music and lyrics by Mark Bucci and Thurber, “The Thirteen Clocks” is directed by Leslie Bennett, assistant professor of theater. In the show, a wicked duke is intent on keeping the fair Princess Saralinda unmarried until her 21st birthday so he can marry her himself. Every suitor who comes to woo Saralinda faces — and fails — the impossible tasks set by the Duke and subsequently loses his life.

As Saralinda’s 21st birthday approaches, Prince Zorn, disguised as a minstrel, comes to town and is quickly summoned to appear before the Duke. As he arrives at the castle, a magical and mystical wizard appears and promises to help the prince win Saralinda. The Duke tells Zorn he must collect 1,000 jewels in 99 hours — a task that actually takes 99 days — by the time the clock strikes 5.

The show is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the William Inge Memorial Theatre inside KU’s Murphy Hall. Matinees for fifth-graders in Lawrence and Douglas County schools also are scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday this week. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for students and 9 for KU faculty and staff and senior citizens. They are available by calling 832-3982.

Lawrence dancers to perform in Greensburg

The 940 Dance Company, based at the Lawrence Arts Center, will perform next weekend at the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg.

The company is performing “Here and Gone,” a 30-minute outdoor show of choreographed and improvised works that relate to the architecture of the 5.4.7 Arts Center, which was designed and constructed by Kansas University students in the aftermath of the tornado that destroyed much of Greensburg.

The six-member company, formerly the Prairie Wind Dancers, has been touring the Midwest for 21 years. It is under the direction of Susan Rieger.

The show is at 3 p.m. Sept. 27.

Arts commission seeks nominations

The Kansas Arts Commission is seeking nominations for its 2010 Governor’s Arts Awards.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15.

The awards are given annually in the categories of Artist, Arts Advocate, Arts Community, Arts in Education, Arts Organization and Arts Patron. Those selected will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony March 11, 2010, in Topeka.

To submit a nomination, review program guidelines at For more information, contact Margaret Weisbrod Morris at or 785-368-6545.

KU highlights play in multimedia project

Kansas University’s Web site is prominently featuring the upcoming University Theatre production of “Macbeth” in a multimedia project.

The first of a three-part project can be found at

The first installment includes photos, audio and video from auditions. More information will be posted as the rehearsals and performances progress.

“Macbeth” is scheduled to run Oct. 8-13 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in KU’s Murphy Hall.

Community Theatre to host wine-tasting

The Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., will host a wine-tasting fundraiser Tuesday.

“Wines from Around the World” will be the theme for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. For $25, participants will receive samples of four red wines and four white wines from countries including Spain, Argentina and Australia, as well as food from Liz Carr Catering.

Reservations are required by calling 843-7469.

Mexico City artist to speak at Spencer

Emilio Said, an artist from Mexico City, will speak at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art this week in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit of his works.

Said will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the museum’s Central Court.

Said’s exhibit, “Unreal Cities: Informal Architecture Zone,” runs through Oct. 25 in the Electronic Arts Gallery at the Spencer.

According to the Spencer, “Employing a diverse range of media, the artist breaks down the binary opposition of form versus content.”

The collection includes paintings, drawings and photographs.

The exhibit was organized by the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City as part of its cultural program aimed at strengthening the relationships between the peoples of Mexico and the United States.


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