Collage Concert to build camaraderie

KU fine arts dean wants to see departments create sense of community

Some of the goals Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts, focuses on are to build community among the university's departments of music, dance and art and design and to raise money for student travel grants.

She's banking on the annual Collage Concert to do both. The fund-raising concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lied Center showcases the music, dance and visual arts created by KU students and faculty.

What: Collage Concert, featuring performances by students and faculty in Kansas University's School of Fine Arts� When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday.Where: Lied Center� Ticket prices: $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens� Tickets available at: Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477

"My first goal when I came here was to strengthen community," Montgomery said. "The money will go to the Fine Arts Educational Enhancement Fund. It will help students travel to (their) exhibitions that are out of state and help them go to competitions and conferences."

The concert's format is fast-paced. The works of art by students and faculty are presented in multimedia formats.

In addition to 24 performances involving 250 students and faculty, the concert will feature the 500,000th piano made by Steinway and Sons. In 1988, KU fine arts alumnus Wendell Castle was commissioned to design the art case for the piano.

Some of the highlights:

� The debut of "La Carta," a new-genre performance by KU art professor Roger Shimomura. The work celebrates the last letter that Shimomura's immigrant grandmother wrote to her relatives in Japan.

� The debut of an excerpt from a new dance by Karole Armitage, who choreographed the work for KU students during a recent residency. The piece is set to Philip Glass' "Mishima Quartet." Armitage grew up in Lawrence and has worked with George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Madonna and Michael Jackson.

� A PowerPoint presentation of works by art and design students set to an audio tape by Kip Haaheim, KU assistant professor of music theory.

� A performance of period music by Instrumental Collegium Musicum, played on reproductions of instruments from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

� The KU Jazz Combo I teams with Nick Vaccaro, KU art professor emeritus, for "A Tribute to Nick." The combo will perform improvisational jazz while images of Vaccaro's works, of which the collage is a central practice, are projected on a screen.

� Videos featuring painters Tanya Hartman and Robert Brawley, metalsmith Lin Stanionis and industrial designer Lance Rake.

� University Dance Company performing excerpts from Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" and "Sleeping Beauty" and Ludwig Minkus' "Paquita." Dance instructor Patrick Suzeau will perform an East Indian piece.

� The electro-acoustic MadTech Quartet performing a piece by Haaheim titled "Tenebraglus."

Other participants include the KU Symphonic Band, KU Men's Glee Club, Kansas Woodwind Quintet, KU Saxophone Quartet, KU Concert Choir, Kansas Brass Quintet and KU Percussion Ensemble.


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