Choral Christmas concerts at Wichita colleges
All three Wichita colleges are having their Christmas choral concerts this weekend. Wichita State University’s 56th annual Candlelight Concert is completely sold out, according to its website, but call the box office at 316-978-3233 to see if any have been released last-minute.
Here are the details on Friends and Newman’s Christmas concerts:
Friends University Christmas Candlelight: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Sebits Auditorium – Friends University, 2100 W. University. $16 adults, $13 seniors and students. Featuring the Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the 150-voice Choral Union. www.friends.edu/finearts, 316-295-5677
Newman University Christmas Concert: 3 p.m. Sun., De Mattias Hall – Newman University, 3100 W. McCormick. $10 adults, $5 students college-age and below, $5 Newman faculty/staff/ASC sisters. Featuring the Troubadours, Chorale and the Mulvane High School Esprit de Corps. Cookies and apple cider served afterward.
Horizontes fundraiser at Wave
5:30 p.m. Sat.-2 a.m. Sun., Wave, 650 E. 2nd Street
Want to help support the world’s largest mural by a single artist on a Wichita grain elevator? Come out to Wave this Saturday evening, where you’ll be able to enjoy live music, drinks and food — all as part of a fundraiser for the art project, Horizontes. There will also be a silent auction for art at the venue. Musicians Herd of the Huntress, The New Imperialism, Jenny Wood, Marrice Anthony and Paris Jane are scheduled to perform. Chef Stephanie Hand will serve plates of pig roast for $15.
Metropolitan Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’
7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. 1st Street
Jill Landrith’s new ballet company, Metropolitan Ballet, is hosting its first production of “The Nutcracker” this weekend at the Scottish Rite. The show, which features dancers from Wichita and across the state, features handmade costumes by June Landrith, Jill’s mother — and the original founder of what’s now Ballet Wichita.
$25-$75. www.metropolitanballetwichita.com, 316-768-7180
Chris Mann at Century II
7 p.m. Sat., Century II, 225 W. Douglas
Wichita native Chris Mann is coming back home this weekend for a Christmas concert, “Home for Christmas.” Mann, who also returned to Wichita for a Christmas concert last year, starred as the Phantom in the Broadway musical, “Phantom of The Opera,” and had success as a contestant on “The Voice” back in 2012. Audience members can expect different music, a physical set on the stage, and two guest sopranos. Conductor Michael Mercurio, who has conducted for Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, will also be returning for this weekend’s concert, sponsored by the Wichita Grand Opera.
$20-$90. www.selectaseat.com, 855-755-7328
$25-$60. www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000
Lights on the River
4-8 p.m. Sun., Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita
The annual Lights on the River event is this weekend, a family-friendly event highlighted by a lighted orb launch on the Arkansas River, free wagon rides and s’mores, fireworks, visit with Santa and more. Guests can purchase orbs for $5 at the event. All proceeds will aid in helping projects to clean the Arkansas River. The Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Old Town Square is scheduled in conjunction with this event – free trolleys will be available to shuttle guests between the two events.
Free to attend, orbs cost $5. 316-268-8350
Donations accepted. 316-681-3954
$26-$49. www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000
Contributing: Sydney Riedl of the Eagle