The 18th annual Friends University Jazz Festival will be held this weekend at Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends campus. Here's everything you need to know about it:
1) The headliner concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will pay tribute to Black History Month. Featured artists will include Dennis Wilson on trombone, Willie Hill on saxophone and Darryl White on trumpet. Wilson is on the music faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music. Hill is director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. White is associate professor of trumpet at the University of Nebraska School of Music.
2) The concert by the guests artists will be backed by the Friends University Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Lisa Hittle. Tickets for the concert cost $15, or $12 for students and seniors.
3) The two-day event will bring 26 high-school and middle-school jazz groups from across the state of Kansas to perform and participate in jazz education workshops. All daytime sessions Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public.
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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra will perform an all-Tchaikovsky concert this weekend with guest soloist Jon Kimura Parker on piano. The program will include Piano Concerto No. 1 and the "1812 Overture." Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $44. For more information, call 316-267-5259 or go to www.wso.org.