Coming to entertain you at WSU this year

3:13:46 PM CDT - Thursday, September 07, 2006

By Shannon Littlejohn

Here are some highlights of what appears to be a stellar performing arts season at WSU:

The Connoisseur Series offers some of the world's top entertainment starting in September with the American Brass Quintet and jumping into October with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Turtle Island String Quartet. November will feature Jerome Lowenthal, piano. The bonus event is April's Wichita Jazz Festival double header with Arts & Crafts Quartet and Stefon Harris & Blackout.

The Dance Series annually attracts the region's top dancers and choreographers to the Kansas Dance Festival in November and Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre in April.

The Faculty Artist Series showcases WSU faculty; performers this year are Frances Shelly, flute; Andrea Banke, oboe; Paul Reed, piano; Suzanne Tirk, clarinet; Philip Black, tuba; new faculty Lynne Davis, organ; the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet; a creative combo with Rodney Miller, bass-baritone, Julie Bees, piano, and Nick Johnson, dance; Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon; Ann Glasmann, harp; Andrew Trechak, piano; Pina Mozzani, mezzo-soprano.

The Rie Bloomfield Organ Series invites some of the best talent in the world. On the Marcussen Organ this year are Jeremy Bruns, Lorenz Maycher, Vincent DuBois in a return engagement, Christopher Marks and the Eton College Choir.

Opera and Musical Theatre has an interesting series year ahead with "The Diary of Adam and Eve" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (bonus event) in November, "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in March, and "Children of Eden," also included in the Theatre Mainstage Series, in May. And Theatre Mainstage will also present "The Love Suicide of Schofield Barracks" in November and "Intimate Apparel" in March.

Subscription series tickets are available for the College of Fine Arts 2006-2007 performing season and can be purchased online at www.wichita.edu/fastticketsor individually two weeks before every performance. Call the College of Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233 for a printed calendar of various series and other events or for ticket information.

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