Arts notes

Author to speak at KU museum, union

Jane Smiley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," will a lecture and reading from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. Afterwards, a book signing and reception will be held in the courtyard.

She also will present "The Writing LIfe: An Informal Discussion with the Author" from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Her other books include "Barn Blind," "At Paradise Gate" and "Horse Heaven."

Both events are free and open to the public.

KU dance professor writes magazine article

An article by Janet Hamburg, dance professor at Kansas University, appears in the April issue of Dance Magazine.

The article is about KU instituting a new bachelor's of fine arts degree in dance next fall and lists the new courses that will be offered, which include Renaissance and Baroque dance, introduction to classical East Indian dance, musical theater dance, conditioning and injury prevention for dance, and music for dance.

Art Tougeau taking entries

The annual Art Tougeau parade, that will occur at noon May 5, is seeking entries. Entry fee is $15; all children can enter free of charge. Proceeds will go to the Social Service League.

Send entry fees to Joe Ralston, McCollum Hall, Room 614, Lawrence 66045. For more information, call 841-4598 or 843-5414 or e-mail

Gary Foster returns to KU for concert

Los Angeles woodwind artist Gary Foster and Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, former conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band and Orchestra, are the featured guests at a Kansas University Symphonic Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center.

Foster, a KU alumnus, is one of the most successful free-lance musicians working in Los Angeles. His flute, clarinet and saxophone work can be heard on a number of television and movie scores. He regularly plays with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony and received the Most Valuable Player Award for woodwind doubling by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Bonner, national executive director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, retired from military service in June 1996 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force bands. His final post was commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

The program, under the direction of Robert Foster, will include "Fanfare from Olympica" by Jan Van der Roost; "Symphony for Band in Two Movements" by Morton Gould; "Amazing Grace" by Frank Ticheli; "Rolling Thunder" by Henry Fillmore; "Rhapsody Nova," by Clare Fischer; "Woodwind Portrait," a medley of popular songs by James DiPasquale; "76 Trombones" by Meridith Willson; and "Kansas Two-Step" by Arthur Pryor.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477.

Spencer Museum receives grant

A Lawrence museum is among 23 institutions across the country receiving grants from the Museum Loan Network. The grants allow works held in storage in one museum to be brought to public view in another.

The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will receive 10 Latin American works from the Blanton Museum of Art in Texas, Brooklyn Art Museum, Denver Art Museum and Los Angeles County Museum. The collaboration will bring a display of colonial and contemporary Latin American art to KU to enrich its Latin American studies and art history programs.

The Spencer, in conjunction with the American Composers Forum, is working with a composer to create an original composition relating to the installation.

Lawrence horn player in Bethel concert

North Newton � Horn player Adam Franz, Lawrence, will be among the Bethel College Sinfonia members who will present a chamber orchestra and winds concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.


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