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1. Catch a concert
American Baritone Michael Nansel is the guest artist for the next Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series on March 4 at 4 p.m. in Mingenback Theatre on the McPherson College campus. A reception to meet the artist will be held immediately after the recital in Friendship Hall.
Nansel is an award winning singer and actor. Best-known as an opera singer, he is also an accomplished recitalist and concert artist. He has appeared frequently with the Wichita Grand Opera, most recently as Sharpless in this year’s production of “Madama Butterfly” in September.
His program, titled “Heroes, Villains, and Icons,” will feature opera selections from some of the most famous pieces in the baritone repertoire from composers such as Puccini, Verdi, and Rossini among others.
Audiences will have a second chance to enjoy his music on March 5 at 7 p.m. when Nansel will perform again in Mingenback Theatre. The Cabaret style performance titled “An American Baritone…The Journey,” will feature a wide variety of music that influenced Nansel’s career along with an opportunity to speak with him during the program.
The Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series was established in 2016 thanks to a generous commitment to McPherson College honoring Lingenfelter. Her son, Steve Clark, chairman of Clark Investment Group in Wichita, established the fund that supports the two annual music performance events, with special emphasis on piano.
2. Piano quintet
LINDSBORG— The Central Kansas Piano Quintet will perform at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery on March 3 at 2 p.m. The quartet is composed of Betul Soykan on violin, Lillian Green on viola, Leonid Shukaev on cello, Mark Foley on bass, and J. Bradley Baker on piano. The concert is a part of the Sandzen Gallery's 2017-18 chamber music series.
Turkish-American violinist Betul Soykan is known for her exciting and poignant performance style as a recitalist and soloist. She has performed on the world's stage and currently serves as assistant professor of violin at Wichita State University.
Lillian Green is an assistant professor of music at Bethany College in Lindsborg. She has performed in the United States and Europe, recently giving a solo recital at the Sandzen Gallery.
Leonid Shukaev is a cellist who belongs to a strong Russian cello tradition. As a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, he studied with Emanuel Fishmann, the teacher of many great cellists who are now playing in major Russian and European orchestras.
Mark Foley is principal double bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and professor of double bass and head of jazz studies at Wichita State University. Passionate about promoting new and diverse music, he records a radio commentary titled Musical Space for kmuw.org.
Pianist J. Bradley Baker enjoys an accomplished career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and educator. He is a dedicated arts educator and currently teaches music theory, directs the Music Preparatory School, and coaches vocal students at Tabor College.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. There is no charge for the concert, however, donations are appreciated. For further information, please call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Catch a show
The Sixth Annual “Lindsborg Collects…Lindsborg Art” exhibition will celebrate local art collectors at 105 N Main St., Lindsborg, March 4 through April 2.
The free exhibition will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. A reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on March 4. Also, the exhibition will be open during Lindsborg’s Makers Street Artwalk on March 9 and during the Jazz Artwalk on March 30.
Collectors in the 67456 zip code will display their favorite or unusual works of fine art or craft in any medium by local artists if they have lived or worked in Lindsborg or attended Bethany College. The stories submitted by the collectors with the art or craft will be displayed along with the artwork during the exhibition.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 785 227-2217.