Subscription series tickets for performing arts on sale

3:06:25 PM CDT - Thursday, August 26, 2004

By Shannon Littlejohn

The 2004-05 School of Performing Arts season offers audiences a slate of performing arts experiences, ranging from two of the most famous comedies in Shakespeare's repertory to an array of unique musical theater, opera, dance and theater events, according to Steve Peters, chair of performing arts.

Fans of WSU's College of Fine Arts can indulge their passion for quality entertainment and save money at the same time by purchasing subscription series tickets, now available in person or by phone from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the College of Fine Arts Box Office, 978-3233, in Duerksen Fine Arts Center, or online at www.wichita.edu/fastickets/.

Individually priced tickets, however, are still a good deal at prices ranging from $5-$12 for most events, and $16-$25 on Connoisseur events. Single tickets go on sale a couple of weeks before performances; they can also be purchased at the box office one hour before showtime. Discounts on both series and individual tickets are available for WSU faculty, staff and students; military personnel; and senior citizens.

Connoisseur Series (five events): General public-$60; discounted rate-$55; bonus event-$10/$8

Stefon Harris, vibraphone, Sept. 25. Three-time Grammy nominee vibraphonist Stefon Harris introduces his new band Blackout, featuring a blend of modern acoustic sounds written by Harris as well as covers of music from Sting and others.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Oct. 9, Century II Concert Hall. Artistic directors Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden have created a company with "a vision for sharing their common appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism through dance." Rated G.

Aquila Theatre Company, Oct. 22 or 23. One of the foremost producers of touring classical theatre, Aquila will present fresh and inventive productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and H. G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" in their 2004-05 world tour performances at WSU.
"Twelfth Night," Oct. 22. Comic romance and mystery of identical twins and mistaken identity, set in the mystical world of Illyria. Rated G.
"The Invisible Man," Oct. 23. A young English scientist learns how to become invisible and experiences the societal consequences. Rated G.

Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano duo, Nov. 16. Italy's Alessio Bax, winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, and Canadian-born Lucille Chung perform individually and as a duo.

Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Feb. 13. The quartet has earned international stature as the premier ensemble of its kind.

Encore Series (any three Connoisseur Series events): General-$45; discounted-$42; bonus event-$10/$8

Dance Series (three events): General-$25; discounted-$22; bonus event-free admission to the Children's Dance Festival

Kansas Dance Festival, Nov. 5-6. An eclectic evening of original ballet, modern and jazz works by guest artists with faculty choreography. Rated G.

Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, April 2-April 3. Performing "Swing," a new ballet evoking the swing era, with live music by Wichita State's Jazz Arts Ensemble, and Rod Mack's "Spiral Effect."

Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre Spring Concert, April 8-9. Dance faculty present original works and guest choreography for contemporary dance at its best. Rated G.

Faculty Artist Series (14 events): General-$40; discounted-$30

Julie Bees, piano, Sept. 12
Mark Foley, bass, Sept. 16
Catherine Consiglio, viola, Sept. 28
Esther Noh, violin, Oct. 22
Paul Reed, piano, Oct. 24
Phillip Black, tuba, Nov. 18
Rodney Miller, bass-baritone, Jan. 25
Fairmount String Quartet, Feb. 11
Deborah Baxter, mezzo soprano, Feb. 15
Andrew Trechak, piano, Feb. 27
Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, March 8
Judith Saxton, trumpet, March 13
Wichita Brass Quintet, April 15
Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon, April 17

Rie Bloomfield Organ Series (five events): General-$25; discounted-$20

Johannes Unger, Sept. 21, first-place winner in the 2001 St. Albans International Organ Competition, the German artist is assistant organist at the famed St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

Vincent DuBois, Oct. 19. Recital Gold Medal winner at the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the French DuBois teaches at Angers National Conservatory and is titular organist at the Cathedral of Soissons.

Clive Driskill-Smith, Nov. 9. Winner of the Concerto Gold Medal at the 2002 Calgary International Organ Festival competition. This young English virtuoso also won the Prize of the Audience at St. Albans International Organ Competition and is a past Royal College of Organists Artist of the Year. He is sub-organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Bradley Hunter Welch, Feb. 8. Winner of first place and audience prize in the 2003 Dallas International Organ Competition.

Laszlo Fassang, April 12. Winner of the Improvisation Gold Medal at the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition.

Opera and Musical Theatre Series (three events): General-$32; discounted-$27; bonus event: $6/$4

"Pippin," Oct. 7-10. The tongue-in-cheek coming of age story about Pippin, son of Charlemagne the Great. Rated PG

"The Merry Widow," Nov. 18-21. Against a backdrop of champagne, cancan girls and end-of-the-century Paris, the glamorous widow Hanna Glawari teases, entices and provokes her many suitors. Rated G.

"Les Contes D'Hoffmann" (The Tales of Hoffmann), March 10-13. In French with English titles. Based on a fantastical play in which the poet E.T.A. Hoffmann is portrayed as a character in his own surreal stories who reminisces about former loves. Rated G.

Bonus event: "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Nov. 27-28. Co-production with Opera Kansas.

Theatre Mainstage Series (four events): General-$34; discounted-$28

"Pippin," Oct. 7-10. The tongue-in-cheek coming of age story about Pippin, son of Charlemagne the Great. Rated PG

"Holy Ghost," Dec. 2-5. A journey about shelter, love and faith with characters crafted from the hills of southern Appalachia. Rated PG-13

"Boy Gets Girl," Feb. 24-27. Suspenseful chiller about a woman whose life is destroyed by a disturbed admirer. Rated R

"Much Ado About Nothing," May 5-8. Shakespeare's romantic comedy centers on Beatrice and Benedick, who trade insults until they finally realize they love each other. Rated G.

Theatre Mainstage/Opera and Musical Theatre Combo (choose six events from both series): General-$56; discounted-$48

The College of Fine Arts will also host many more performance events outside of the Subscription Series. For a listing of 2004-05 performances and events for the School of Art and Design and Ulrich Museum of Art, please visit http://finearts.wichita.edu/events/calendar.html.

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