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Crowd-pleasing 'Merry Widow' a success on almost every level

Wichita Grand Opera delivered Saturday night on its vow to stage a fully realized, sumptuous rendition of "The Merry Widow," offering a crowd-pleasing performance that excelled on almost every level.

Wichita Grand Opera marks 10th year

It seemed fitting that Wichita Grand Opera celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday night — right smack in the middle of the NCAA's March Madness.

Catch alfresco arias at WGO's Opera on the Lake

It says something about Wichita's culture that thousands of people show up to hear opera.

A sweet history of harmonies

One of Wichita's Sweet Adelines International charters is preparing a harmonic performance for the community.

Theater League brings Broadway to Wichita

Broadway lights will be shining in Wichita for the 2011-2012 Broadway at Century II Series brought to town by Theater League.

Fisch Haus event aims to take arts in Wichita ‘to the next level’

Crowds will be mingling with creative synergy Friday night on Commerce Street – literally. The Fisch Haus is hosting a video art and experimental film exhibition that will allow gallerygoers to interact with projections and music in ways that will affect the sights and sounds they experience. The artistic goal of “Projecting Process” is to explore the concept of how creativity is birthed, demonstrating from conception to the finished product how imaginative ideas become art.

Review: There’s always a place for ‘West Side Story’

You can tell that Music Theatre Wichita’s newest revival of “West Side Story” is a winner because of the number of goose-bump moments throughout the show, which retells “Romeo and Juliet” on the gang-filled mean streets of 1950s New York City as a Polish boy falls in forbidden love with a Puerto Rican girl.

Weekend events: Mosaic unveiling, jazz organist, artists’ reception

Wichita artist Steve Murillo’s 3,000-pound ceramic mosaic, commissioned by Abode Venue owners Bill and Colleen Jackson, will be unveiled on Friday as part of Final Friday. The piece, which will be a new permanent public art installment on the Douglas-facing wall of Abode, 1330 E. Douglas, has a music theme and took Murillo and Margi Sweeton eight months to complete. It’s made of more than 25,000 bits of glass stone and ceramic tile and is 12 by 18 feet. Murillo and his crew have been installing the mural, which came out of his studio in 88 large pieces, over the past several weeks.

Cast, crew members have ‘West Side’ history

The bloodlines from Music Theatre Wichita’s revival of “West Side Story,” which opens Wednesday, can be traced directly back to the 1957 Broadway original.

Wichita Grand Opera preparing for Opera on the Lake

It’s an anomaly, for sure – a floating opera stage on a lake at a shopping center in a landlocked city.

Ballet, running make ‘perfect sense’ for Ballet Wichita benefit race

It seems like a dichotomy: the choreographed movement of ballet and the rugged endurance of running. Yet it’s the synergy of motion that inspired Barbara and Mark Chamberlin to inaugurate the first-known ballet art run three years ago.

Ballet company excited about new space in Delano

Alana Veges never thought she would be involved with ballet – let alone for nearly 30 years. Now she’s the board president of Ballet Wichita.

Artist eager to share enthusiasm for silk painting with Ballet Wichita runners

Julie Cox Hamm has been drawing and painting people since she was a young girl.

Ballet run provides forum for arts community

For the third year in a row, ballet dancers in Wichita will be running down the streets of the Air Capital wearing pink and blue tutus. As they run, they’ll listen to live music and watch performers construct artwork.

Ballet Wichita runners’ art to be offered for sale

The Ballet Wichita 5K Art Run doesn’t end at the finish line. Registered participants are invited after their race to what organizers are calling the “silk village.” The tented area, which will be west of the Century II Convention Center at A. Price Woodard Park, will feature food, drinks and music as runners have a chance to take part in a group art project.

Calling all teen writers

Are you a high school student who likes to write? Do you like expressing your opinions about music, TV, the latest trends or news? If so, we would like your voice and ideas to be featured in this newspaper and across our digital platforms. You’ll also get the chance to interact with teens from across the area.

Wichita dads see children follow in their artistic footsteps

Fathers of aspiring artists tend to worry more than fathers of budding doctors and lawyers.

From ranch to concert venue: Volunteers prepare Symphony in the Flint Hills

Symphony in the Flint Hills volunteers and other patrons gathered under gray skies Thursday at the site of this year’s ninth annual symphony concert.

Chamber Music at The Barn to open season with “Spectacular Classics”

Deep in a majestic garden, just a few paces outside the Wichita city limits, sits a barn where year after year accomplished classical musicians perform works by the great masters. This year’s Chamber Music at The Barn series is no exception.

Moving story, glorious music: “South Pacific” shines

If you know Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” only as a movie, then, boy, does Music Theatre Wichita have a pleasant surprise for you.

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