Music

KU music festival concludes with free Lied Center concert
January 30, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will conclude its Prairie Winds and inaugural Sunflower Strings festival with a concert Sunday at the Lied Center.
KU music ensembles, symphony to perform shared concert at Lied Center
12:00 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
Kansas University’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and Symphony Orchestra will share the stage Saturday for a special concert at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Judge orders expungement of dismissed Hashinger Hall rape charges
04:59 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Barbara Huff signed orders Tuesday expunging the dismissed charges of rape off the records of two 21-year-old men who were accused in September of sexually assaulting two Kansas University students.
Baker University Community Choir to launch new season
January 24, 2015
The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsals for its spring season Thursday.
Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.
Lawrence police offering sign-on bonus for officers who speak Spanish
05:34 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The City of Lawrence is offering a $1,500 sign-on bonus for police officers who speak fluent Spanish, the Lawrence Police Department announced Monday. The city is seeking to fill open police officer positions and especially encouraging Spanish-speakers to apply, offering a $750 bonus upon hire and a $750 bonus upon successful completion of training.
Lawrence area coalition gets creative to keep students free of alcohol, marijuana
December 26, 2014
Since early fall, Lawrence residents may have noticed TV commercials warning viewers about the potential hazards of marijuana use. A few people took offense, said Jen Jordan, coordinator of Draw the Line Lawrence, the coalition behind the TV spot. But she and her colleagues won’t back down, they say, because the ad serves her organization’s mission — telling youth about the dangers of substance abuse. “Our response is that for youth, there is no benefit,” said Jordan, who is also the coordinator of prevention services for DCCA (Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism). “And actually it’s more harmful because the brain’s still developing.”
Celtic singer Ashley Davis returns home to perform at Lied Center
December 17, 2014
Ashley Davis may call Kansas home, but these days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find her there.
Holiday Music Wrapup: Baker, KU, Lawrence Civic Choir to perform annual concerts
November 27, 2014
Caroling, sleigh bells and family singalongs are a part of the holiday tradition. The Lawrence area offers a variety of live performances to help you celebrate the season. Concerts from the Lawrence Civic Choir, Kansas University and Baker University are just a few of this year’s highlights.
Annual Organ Vespers Concert to deliver music from the ‘heart’
November 26, 2014
Music, much like the holiday season, can conjure up a lot of emotions for many people. It has the power to make us happy, make us reflect and make us dance. Tandy Reussner hopes to create a similar effect Dec. 14 at the 18th annual Organ Vespers Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Stirring the Heart at Christmas,” and features a program of modern and traditional Christmas tunes.
KU Jazz Ensemble to perform at Kauffman Center
November 22, 2014
Kansas University’s Jazz Ensemble I and vocalist Deborah Brown will host an evening of big-band jazz Dec. 1 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.
Prison choral group East Hill Singers to perform this weekend
November 12, 2014
The East Hill Singers, a choral group comprising inmates from the minimum-security unit of the Lansing Correctional Facility as well as volunteer singers from the surrounding community, will perform at Lawrence’s Plymouth Congregational Church this weekend.
Group of female musicians aims to teach girls how to rock
November 8, 2014
Sally Sanko loved to sing as a girl — just not when anyone else was around. Sanko, now 25, would lock herself in the bathroom, light some candles, draw a bath and turn up the Mariah Carey tunes. There in the solitary comfort of the tub, Sanko let her inner diva out with a few Mariah-esque vocal riffs.
Lucinda Williams digs deep into Southern roots, family history in new album
November 5, 2014
Lucinda Williams is a “gypsy at heart.” That’s how the country singer-songwriter describes herself during a chilly, overcast afternoon in Oklahoma City — more than 1,000 miles from her home base of Los Angeles — earlier this week. Williams, who kicked off a month-long tour Sunday in Denver, had just stopped in the Sooner State to let her bus driver get some sleep before continuing on to Austin.
Twenty years after reuniting, father and daughter to share stage in Lawrence
October 23, 2014
Rachel Dirks’ story is a real-life “August Rush.” The 2007 drama, which follows a young musical prodigy who reunites with his birth parents after years of separation to find they share his talents, is not all that different from Dirks’ own life.