Arts notes

Acclaimed chamber group to play at Lied Center

The chamber music ensemble Concertante will perform at 2 p.m. today at the Lied Center.

Juilliard graduates, intent on continuing their collaboration, founded the octet in 1995. As solo performers, they have won national and international music competitions.

Kansas University professor emeritus of musicology Dan Politoske will give a pre-performance lecture at 1 p.m. in the Oldfather Warm-Up/Dance Studio. KU music faculty Laurence Rice will join members of Concertante in a discussion geared toward 7th-12th graders from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Seymour Gallery.

Tickets are $11.50-$28 and are available by calling 864-2787.

Free State Orchestra tapped for D.C. trip

The Free State Orchestra will represent Kansas in the 2004 National Festival of States Thursday through March 21.

The event marks the 60th anniversary of the Allied Liberation of Europe and the dedication of the World War II Memorial. The 47-member orchestra, under the direction of Lynn Basow, will perform Friday at Ft. Belvoir, Va.

The concert will include selections from previous concerts and music representative of Kansas composers. During the trip the students will see all of the Washington sights and attend a concert of the National Symphony at Kennedy Center.

Kaw Valley Quilters welcome quilt designer

Designer, publisher and quilter Jeana Kimball will speak and conduct workshops Monday and Tuesday with the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild.

Kimball, of Santa Clara, Utah, will deliver "Color & Design: It's Easier Than You Think" at 7 p.m. Monday and "19th-Century Applique" at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

She'll conduct a workshop called "Achieving Excellence in Applique through Fabric Selection and Stitching Techniques" from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All activities are at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. For more information, contact Marilyn at

'Grease' is still the word

Ah, those summer nights! "Grease," the musical, is coming to the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The fifth-longest-running musical in Broadway history takes audiences back to Rydell High to follow the T-Birds and Pink Ladies through their senior year of high school.

The original production was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the revival received three Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival.

Tickets are $18.50-$42 and can be purchased by calling 864-2787.

Honors recital features outstanding students

Winners of the 16th annual Honor Recital Music Competition will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Thirteen students were selected to perform from auditions held last weekend. The following students were chosen by judges to perform on KANU radio: Alan Sheu, piano; Evan Hilpman, violin, and Kyle Chauvin, piano; Jordan Crice, piano; and Jessica Kroh, alto saxophone.

Rachel Hunter from Kansas Public Radio will be host to the free concert.

The competition is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in young artists.

Doctoral student to conduct singers

The Kansas University Master Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.

The 24-member ensemble will perform works by Orlando de Lassus, Thomas Morley, Heinrich Schütz, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Joseph Haydn.

Henry Heller Smith, doctoral student in choral conducting, will direct, and Geoffrey H. Ward, associate director, will accompany the group on organ.

Admission is free. For more information, call 864-3436.

'Eieio' creator to detail career in design

Designer Jean Orlebeke will speak at the Hallmark Symposium Series at 6 p.m. Monday at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss.

Orlebeke is the principal designer at Obek Design, a company which she helped form. She works with companies from various industries to create products and corporate identities.

In 2002, Orlebeke collaborated with design colleague Ellen Elfering to introduce "eieio," a wrapping paper line represented in stationery and design stores in the United States and Europe.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 864-4401.

'PANOPLY' looking for splendid talent

Auditions for the first "PANOPLY" talent show will continue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 22 at Baldwin High School.

Audition tapes can also be sent to Sally H-B at Baldwin High School, P.O. Box 67, Baldwin 66006. Participants can compete in four categories: elementary, junior high, high school and adult.

"PANOPLY," which is defined as a splendid or impressive array, is a benefit show for the Lumberyard Arts Center Project. The show will be at 7 p.m. March 26 at Baker University's Rice Auditorium.

Admission is $5, and proceeds will be given to the Arts Center Fund.

For information, call Dylan Hay at 766-3038.

Female choir celebrates Women's History Month

The Kansas University Women's Chorale will celebrate Women's History Month with a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

The group will perform a reading of the Greek play "Medea," by Euripides, with "Seven Choruses from Medea," by 20th-century composer Virgil Thomson.

Admission is free.

Trombonist to take Swarthout stage

Trombonist Tony Baker will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Swarthout Recital Hall.

The performance is part of the Visiting Artist Series presented by the music and dance department at Kansas University.

Baker is an assistant professor of trombone at the University of North Texas and a member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Texas.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Technology, textiles meet in KU exhibition

Textiles meet technology in an exhibition on view today through Friday at Kansas University's Art and Design Gallery.

The exhibition highlights work by Tara Troy and Sarah Hartshorn, graduating master of fine arts students in the KU's textiles program.

Troy uses a machine to translate photographs and drawings into embroidery work. Hartshorn's series of weavings is based on drawings of DNA imaging and binary coding.

An opening reception for both shows will be at 2 p.m. today in the gallery.

Troy and Hartshorn are the first of several thesis students who will be showing work in the gallery.

Lawrence choreographer part of K.C. concert

Lawrence choreographer Susan Warden will reset her work "2146 in a Series" for the aha! dance theatre's 10th anniversary performance.

The concert, called "A Passage," will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater, 12th and Central, Kansas City, Mo. Artistic director Susan Rieger and several other guest artists will have works on the program as well.

Warden's dance satirizes the high drama and questionable writing of Harlequin Romance novels.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Student and senior tickets are $10.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (816) 474-4444.


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