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1. See a pianist

LINDSBORG— Tenor Scott Wichael and pianist J. Bradley Baker will perform at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14. Wichael is a faculty member from Emporia State University and Baker is on the Tabor College faculty in Hillsboro, Kansas. The concert is a part of the Sandzen Gallery's 2017-18 chamber music series.

Praised for his expressive voice and versatile stage presence, tenor Wichael has appeared on stages throughout the United States with a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Carlisle Floyd. Recently, Wichael returned to the Asheville Lyric Opera as Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha and the Rimrock Opera as Pong in Turandot. In 2014, he debuted the role of Little Bat in Susannah with the St. Petersburg Opera and returned to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus. Throughout his career, he has performed many roles in operas of distinction.

Wichael is also an active concert soloist, performing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Pianist Baker enjoys an accomplished career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and educator. A dynamic soloist, Baker has performed in concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. As a collaborator, he has worked with hundreds of musicians. Dr. Baker is also a passionate arts educator and has held teaching appointments at the University of Alabama, University of Texas at Tyler, Stillman College, and Judson College. At Tabor College he teaches music theory, directs the Music Preparatory School, and coaches vocal students.

The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 N First St. in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the concert, however, donations are appreciated. Call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email fineart@sandzen.org.

2. Listen to folk tales

"Kansas Legends and Folktales" will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 hosted by the McPherson County Historical Society at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. A presentation exploring the legends and folktales that have shaped the character of the State of Kansas, and what keeps these stories alive. Presenter is Jim Hoy, Professor of English and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. 

3. Go to a festival

The 34th Annual Epiphany Festival will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located on 119 N. Elm St.

Special Christmas program, “And the Angels Sang!” Vocal and handbell choirs of Trinity, scenes of the Nativity, and ringing of the final bell of Christmas. McPherson Community Brass Choir will begin playing at 6:30 p.m. Special refreshments will follow. You won’t want to miss this special McPherson community tradition. Call 620-241-0424 for more information