Arts & Culture

2012 college performing arts events

Check out a sampling of the performing arts events that Friends University, Newman University and Wichita State University have planned through the end of 2012. Concerts include those to be performed by students, faculty and professional groups. Tickets vary in price, and some concerts are free. Contact the colleges for a complete schedule and detailed ticketing information.



•  Singing Quakers with Wichita Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Nov. 16-17, Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas. For tickets, contact the Wichita Symphony at 316-267-7658 or visit


•  Christmas Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Sebits Auditorium


•  Fall Choral Concert, Great Choral Choruses, 3 p.m. Oct. 28th, St. John’s Chapel, Sacred Heart Hall

•  Christmas Choral Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 2, De Mattias Performance Hall


•  WSU Concert Chorale and Women’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Wiedermann Recital Hall

•  50th Candlelight Christmas Concert, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Wiedemann Recital Hall



•  Fall Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Sebits Auditorium

•  The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, Sebits Auditorium. Friends University and Wichita Ballet Theatre present the full-length holiday favorite.


•  Kansas Dance Festival, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17, Miller Concert Hall, Duerksen Fine Arts Center



•  Friends University Community Orchestra Concert “Viva la France!” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Sebits Auditorium. A celebration of French music.

•  Concert Band concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Sebits Auditorium. Sean O’Louglin , composer/conductor in residence, will conduct several of his works.

•  Chamber Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Sebits Auditorium.

•  Friends Concert Band with Senseney Music, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple


•  Instrumental Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, De Mattias Hall


•  WSU Symphony Orchestra concerts, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 30 and Dec. 6, Miller Concert Hall

•  Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Wiedermann Recital Hall

•  St. Petersburg Suprima Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 Oct. 23, Miller Concert Hall



•  Jazz and Strings Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Sebits Auditorium. Featuring both students and faculty.

•  Casado Jazz Night with Jerry Hahn, 8 p.m. Oct. 17. The legendary jazz guitarist Hahn will be featured with Friends students.

•  Crown Swings Again fundraiser, 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. For tickets, call 316-612-7696.


•  WSU Concert Band with Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Miller Concert Hall

•  WSU Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Miller Concert Hall



•  “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Miller Concert Hall, Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The show satirizes the operatic convention that traps the hero in conflict between love and duty. The hero is brought up indentured to a band of pirates, but he detests the profession.



•  “Curtains” by Rupert Holmes, Fred Ebb and John Kander, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Sebits Auditorium. The talented leading lady is murdered after curtain call on opening night, leaving people to discover that a murderer is amongst them.

•  “The Fantasticks” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17, 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Cornerstone Studio Theatre. Two young lovers are brought together in this classic musical.


•  “Something’s Afoot” by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach, 8 p.m. Nov. 8-10, 2 p.m. Nov. 11, De Mattias Performance Hall. A murder mystery musical in which 10 people are stranded on an island and the bodies are piling up in this whodunit spoof.


•  “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27- 29, 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Wilner Auditorium. The tale of “Hamlet” as told from the point of view of two bewildered minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.

•  “Fleeing Blue” by Milta Ortiz, winner of WSU’s Original Play Competition, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-10, 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11, Welsbacher Black Box Theatre, Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North

Alice Mannette, Eagle correspondent

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