Arts notes

Worlds of Fun tryout to be in Lawrence

Worlds of Fun is bringing its talent search to Lawrence on Feb. 10.

The Kansas City, Mo., amusement park is looking for talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists to perform in live shows, individuals to make park appearances as costumed characters, and stage technicians to work behind the scenes. Auditions will be held in the Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.

Singers and dancers should be able to perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from Top 40 to country, pop rock to oldies. Singers should prepare one verse and the chorus of two contrasting styles of songs -- one up-tempo and one ballad. Dancers should execute a jazz routine (no longer than two minutes) and sing one song. A CD player/cassette deck will be provided. Performers must bring their own accompaniment. A capella auditions will not be accepted. Callbacks will be held the same day.

Auditions for instrumentalists for an interactive novelty band also will be held. Trumpet, tenor/alto saxophone, trombone, clarinet, piccolo, tuba, snare drum and other instruments will be considered. Individuals, not bands, will be auditioned.

All applicants must be at least 16. For more information, go to www.worldsoffun.com or call (816) 303-5015.

KC Symphony to play all-Brahms concert

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Kansas City Symphony will play an all-Brahms program under the direction of Anne Manson Friday, Saturday and Feb. 9 at the Lyric Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.

The concerts -- at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 9 -- will feature Emanuel Ax on piano.

Johannes Brahms was performing in bars when he was discovered and introduced to Franz Liszt and then Robert Schumann. The Symphony will perform three of his most popular works: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Symphony No. 4 and the Second Piano Concerto, performed by Emanuel Ax.

Concert-goers will have the rare opportunity to meet and ask questions of Ax, a world-renowned musician, during Concert Comments, the Symphony's relaxed and intimate pre-concert discussions led by associate conductor Timothy Hankewich.

For tickets, call (816) 471-0400.

Musician's CD premier to benefit charity

Topeka -- Pianist and composer Julie Rivers will premiere her new CD, "As Far as the Heart Can See," at a benefit concert 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Washburn University's White Hall.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Latch-Keyboard Project, founded, sponsored and directed by Northeast Kansas Music Teachers Assn. The project provides music instruction for children who would not otherwise have the privilege or opportunity. It's based at the Topeka Salvation Army.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. They are available in Topeka at JM Bauersfeld's Stores, Dillon stores, Donna Allen's Keyboard Center and Hume Music locations in Lawrence and Topeka. To order tickets with a credit card, call (800) 473-0743.

Artistic advertising focus of exhibition

Topeka -- An exhibition opening Friday at the Mulvane Art Museum will showcase the artistic dimension of the advertising with which the public is bombarded daily.

"The Fine Art of Advertising: Topeka Advertising Federation 2003 ADDY Awards" will be on display Saturday through Feb. 23 at the museum on the Washburn University campus.

The show will include print, electronic, interactive and broadcast media examples of advertising by Topeka and area advertising professionals.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

State writing contest issues call for entries

If you live in Kansas and fancy yourself a writer, you can enter the 14th annual Kansas Voices Writing Contest.

Writers may enter either in youth or adult divisions in two categories: poetry and prose (short story.) Youth division entrants must be currently enrolled in high school or be younger than 18.

Entries must be previously unpublished and postmarked by March 14. Each submission requires a $3 entry fee. Guidelines and entry forms are available from the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, 700 Gary, Suite A & B, Winfield 67156.

Prize money will be awarded. Winners will be honored and invited to read their work at a special presentation on May 3 at Winfield Main Street Office as part of the Kanza Days celebration.

For more information, call (620) 221-2161, ext. 0.

St. Louis native, author to read at Rockhurst

Kansas City, Mo. -- St. Louis native and award-winning author Quincy Troupe will read from his work during the next installment of the Midwest Poets Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Mabee Theater, Sedgwick Hall, on the Rockhurst University campus, 54th Street and Troost Avenue.

Troupe, who lives in La Jolla, Calif., is the recipient of two major American Book Awards, one for his poetry collection "Snake-Back Solos" and one for "Miles: The Autobiography," which he co-wrote with musician Miles Davis. In addition, Troupe is editor of the groundbreaking "Giant Talk: An Anthology of Third World Writing" and "James Baldwin: The Legacy."

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, call (816) 501-4607.

Musical Arts Society gets new leadership

Atchison -- Dorothy Lutz of Atchison is the new executive director of the Atchison Musical Arts Society. The position was formerly held by Katie Corrigan Toews.

Lutz is a native of Atchison and earned a degree in music education at Baker University. In the late 1960s, she performed with the Kansas City Starlight Theatre and the Saint Louis Mini Opera. She was a music clinician for Florida middle and high school choral and band programs for 20 years. Recently, she was musical director for Theatre Atchison's production of "Man of La Mancha."

Atchison Musical Arts Society is a nonprofit organization that sponsors the Summer Sounds Concert Series, the Riverbend Concert Choir, the Atchison Community Band and partially funds the Benedictine College-Atchison Community Orchestra.

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