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South Kansas Symphony and SC Choirs to Perform Sunday; Final Show with David Gardner

Winfield, Kan., Dec. 6, 2013 — “Holiday Sleigh Ride,” a free Christmas concert  featuring the South Kansas Symphony and choirs from Southwestern College, is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. The arts center is located in SC’s Christy Administration Building.


David Gardner photo The event will be the final one directed in Winfield by Southwestern College director of choirs David Gardner.  Gardner is leaving Southwestern to become director of traditional worship and arts at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash.

When asked what he will miss most about Southwestern, Gardner was quick with a response.

“The students, that’s easy,” Gardner says.  “All semester long, every time I meet with them at noon, I get this twinge of melancholy.  I absolutely love working these students.”

The centerpiece of the choral section of the show is the “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi.

“I chose it, in part, because it is the very same work that I did my first Christmas here 10 years ago,” Gardner says.  “It’s a great work and I absolutely love that piece.”

It will be performed by the college choir along with about 15 community members and alumni, and with a small orchestral ensemble including Jim Leland on harpsichord.

Featured soloists in the choral portion are Deborah Martin, Kaitlyn Holler, Bailey Tadtman, McKenzie Wheeler, Jasmine Jackson, and Dylan Moore.

Among other pieces, the SC Singers will be performing a cover of Pentatonix’s "Carol of the Bells."

Holiday Sleigh Ride is sponsored by Dick and Joan Jones.  There is no admission charge to attend.  For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

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South Kansas Symphony Season Kicks Off on Sunday

Winfield, Kan., Sept. 26, 2013 — The Southwestern College South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  The title of the concert is “Suite Dreams.”

“The first concert, ‘Suite Dreams,’ includes several pieces that are collections of dances,” says Daniel Stevens, executive director and conductor for the SKS.  “When several dance movements are combined in one composition, it is called a ‘suite.’  Pieces range from the dramatic ‘Pélleas and Mélisande’ by Gabirel Faure to the pastoral ‘Scenes Pittoresques’ by Jules Massenet.  The performance is rounded out by the raucous ‘Colas Breugnon Overture’ by Dmitri Kabalevsky and the string-only piece by Edvard Grieg titled ‘Holberg Suite.’”

The South Kansas Symphony ensemble draws from the best of collegiate and public community musicians who rehearse once each week in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“This season balances favorite classical works with fun, light-spirited music for all ages,” Stevens says.  “Our audiences continue to enjoy the South Kansas Symphony musicians, a mixture of 60 collegiate and community instrumentalists from the region.  The musicians spend Monday evenings in rehearsals on campus, and numerous hours outside of rehearsals bringing entertainment to our growing audiences.”

The South Kansas Symphony also hosts educational opportunities for aspiring young musicians in the Southwestern College Youth Symphonies.

The Southwestern College Youth Symphonies (SCYS) provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. Now growing to more than 80 student musicians from a dozen school districts, the SCYS strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in the region.

The SCYS encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra.

According to Stevens, the South Kansas Symphony and Southwestern College Youth Symphonies offer many upcoming concerts that are sure to please:

• Sept. 29—SKS “Suite Dreams,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 6—SCYS “Fall Festivities,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 12—“Homecoming Kaleidoscope” (features all the musical ensembles at Southwestern College and is free to attend) Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Oct. 27—SKS “Mystery & Mayhem,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Dec. 8—SKS “Holiday Sleigh Ride,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Dec. 15—SCYS “Snow & Mistletoe,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• Feb. 16—SCYS “Winter Sunset,” Richardson Performing Arts Center
• March 2—SCYS Play-a-Thon in Towne West Mall, Wichita
• March  9—SKS “Scenes from the New World,” Richardson Performing Arts Center 
• April 5—SKS “Chamber, Chatter, & Chocolate,” Bluestem Place
• April 27—SKS “On the Prairie,” Dick & Dolly Bonfy Ranch
• May 4—SCYS “Spring Flowers,” Richardson Performing Arts Center

Single ticket prices range from $6-$10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.  Season tickets are available to all 10 concerts starting at $46 (“Chamber, Chatter, & Chocolate” fundraiser not included).  For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.

“We also want to invite community leaders, business owners, and arts benefactors to join the SC Golden Circle,” mentions Stevens.  “The Golden Circle is a membership society that sponsors instrumental music at Southwestern College. For a $260 pledge per person, per season, the Golden Circle member is given priority seating at all concerts, invited to two formal dinners at the Winfield Country Club, and admitted to numerous catered receptions throughout the season. Members also receive recognition on concert programs.  In light of the recent economy, we are so blessed to have Golden Circle members support the need to keep instrumental programs thriving in Winfield.  Their gifts sustain the many needs of the orchestral program throughout the season, and help inspire future planning of the ensembles.”

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South Kansas Symphony Halloween Concert Coming Oct. 28

Winfield, Kan., Oct. 24, 2012 — The South Kansas Symphony will host its annual Family Halloween Concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the Southwestern College campus in Winfield.

The short, interactive concert is programmed with young children and families in mind. The musicians and conductor perform in costume and the musical selections – all of light-heartedly spooky variety – are interspersed with information about the music and the instruments. Every child will receive a coupon for a free Frosty from Wendy’s and every child who comes in costume will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. After the concert the symphony will offer an instrument petting zoo for young audience members to try out instruments from the different sections of the orchestra.

“I am so excited that we will be joined once again by Joanna Brazil from the Winfield Public Library who will share Halloween stories with us,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “After the performance, don’t miss the instrument petting zoo where children can try out an instrument from each section with help from a symphony musician.”

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

The performance is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door and range from $6 to $10 for adults; children 17 and under in costume are free with an adult admission but do need a ticket. For more information on this or any of the Symphony’s 2012-2013 performances, contact Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272, e-mail tickets@sckans.edu.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Summer Music Festival Faculty Showcase Thursday

Winfield, Kan., June 5, 2012 — The public is invited to attend the Faculty Showcase Recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College at 6 p.m., on Thursday, June 7. There is no admission charge.

The concert will feature musicians of the Tulsa Symphony and Wichita Symphony Orchestras in residence at Southwestern College this week. They include Ronnamarie Jensen, violin; Dominique Corbeil, violin; Ashley Allison, cello; Marcia Hatfield, string bass; and Southwestern’s own professor Daniel Stevens, viola and master’s graduate Stephen Butler, piano. They will perform the first movement of the Schubert Trout Quintet and selected movements from the Ravel String Quartet. The string quartet will also premiere a work composed by Chris Schmitz, director of the Center for Music Composition at Southwestern.

Professional guest vocal faculty include Brian Stranghoner, Matthew Webber, and SC professor David Gardner singing solo art songs. SC upperclassman Dylan Moore will join these individuals for barbershop quartet music.

The concert will also feature soprano Mary Bander. She is the George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival Young Artist in Residence.

The Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held on the campus of Southwestern College. Campers study with faculty members to develop their musical skills. The six tracks to choose from are choir, orchestra, jazz, worship, composition, and piano.

For events in Richardson Performing Arts Center, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Free Concerts Offered at Summer Music Festival

Winfield, Kan., May 22, 2012 — The George and Linda Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College is June 4-9 and the public is invited to several free concerts.

  • Monday, June 4—Faculty Jazz Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 8:30 p.m. Performers include Brandon Blackburn, Justin Blackburn, Ryan Royle, Jason Whitmore, and Troy Fischer.
  • Thursday, June 7—Faculty Showcase Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m., featuring the Festival Young Artist in Residence Mary Bander, soprano. Other performers include festival voice, composition, string, and piano faculty.
  • Thursday, June 7—Worship Concert in the Richardson Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The concert will feature worship leaders Stephen Butler, Martin Rude, Allison Ebright, Sarah Miller, Josh Melcher, and Cory Ryan.
  • Friday, June 8—City Band Concert at Baden Square beginning at 7:30 p.m. All festival instrumentalists will join the City Band in rehearsal and concert, bringing back a tradition from Southwestern College summer music camps.
  • Saturday, June 9—Family Day events including a festival orchestra concert at 3:15 p.m. and festival choir concert at 3:55 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, and a jazz band concert at 5 p.m. in the Deets Library.

The Summer Music Festival is a six-day camp held on the campus of Southwestern College. Campers study with faculty members to develop their musical skills. The six tracks to choose from are choir, orchestra, jazz, worship, composition, and piano.

“In addition to fresh emphasis on individual track instruction, we are excited to offer some new activities this summer including private lessons, faculty recitals, and even more small ensemble opportunities,” says camp director Tim Shook.

Full cost of the festival is $475 which includes all festival expenses (housing, meals, instruction, etc.). If campers choose not to stay overnight on campus, the full cost of the festival is $375 which includes meals and instruction. Scholarships are available through the generous support of musician and former Southwestern College trustee Dr. George Cole and his wife, Linda. Any student recommended for the festival by a private music instructor or school music teacher will receive a scholarship. Additional scholarship aid based on need and merit is also available.

For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

For events in Richardson Performing Arts Center, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Symphony Concert to Feature Solo Competition Winners

Winfield, Kan., Feb. 28, 2012 — The South Kansas Symphony will present a concert Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the Southwestern College campus.

The evening will feature three soloists who are winners of the annual student solo competition.

  • Matt Berthot, a graduate music performance major, will sing the famous tenor aria “Nessun dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.”
  • Senior music major Jasmine Jackson, soprano, will sing “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s “La bohème.”
  • Sophomore music education and vocal performance major Dylan Moore, tenor, will perform “Ombra mai fu” from George Frideric Handel’s “Serse.”

Also featured with be guest conductor Chris VanGilder. VanGilder is the Arkansas City High School band director and a 21-year veteran in music education. He has taken his ensembles twice to the Alamo Bowl and once to the Liberty Bowl as well as performances in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and other venues around the state.

“Chris is a leader in music in our region and we are fortunate to have him on our podium,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens.

VanGilder will conduct Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock.”

The performance will conclude with the final movement of Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Saturday’s performance is underwritten by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. Tickets are $8 for preferred seating and $6 for general admission. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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South Kansas Symphony: On the Prairie

Winfield, Kan., Apr. 18, 2011 — An evening of music on the prairie, hosted by KAKE News anchor Larry Hatteburg, will kick-off a busy Kanza Days weekend.

On Friday, May 6, the South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens), and the country and bluegrass sound of Pop & the Boys will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield. Gates will open at 4 p.m.

"Show up at 4 p.m., bring a picnic and beverages to enjoy, and make a night of it," Dolly Bonfy says. "PrairieMan by Stan Herd will be watching over us all. It is such a beautiful way to celebrate the glory of springtime in Cowley County."

The schedule for the evening includes:

  • 5-6 p.m.—Pop & the Boys
  • 6-7 p.m.—The Southwestern College Youth Symphony
  • 7-7:30 p.m.—Pop & the Boys
  • 7:30-8:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony

Admission prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children age 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the gate or by calling Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272.

"This event has been in the works for more than a year," says Stevens. "We have masses of volunteers who are contributing and with their imagination and effort – and the beauty of the Bonfy Ranch as a canvas – it will be more than a concert. Dining out under a spring sky in Kansas to the sounds of a live orchestra is an event to remember."

Along with the music, vendors will also be there. If any vendors would like to be a part of this event, go to www.southkansassymphony.com. If anyone would like to volunteer their time, contact Julie Headrick at (620) 229-6141.

"The concert site sits down in a natural amphitheater, along a creek bed," Headrick says. "Participants will get to not only enjoy the scenery, music, and vendors, but also prairie tours where they will be led by knowledgeable guides who can identify the wildflowers and grasses that are native to our area. It promises to be an experience beyond the ordinary."

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Campus Players, South Kansas Symphony, and SC Singers Collaborate on Christmas Opera

Winfield, Kan., Nov. 18, 2010 — Southwestern College South Kansas Symphony, SC Singers, and Campus Players will present the Christmas opera “Amhal and the Night Visitors,” written by Gian Carlo Menotti.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” will take place Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in the Christy Administration Building. Both of these times will begin with a choir and orchestra concert and then after the intermission “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be performed. Admission is free, but there is an opportunity for donations to cover the cost of production materials rental and royalties.

Songs from “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be performed during the orchestra concert on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Center at Cowley County Community College. The cost of this concert is $5 for adult and $2 for youth.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is the story of a crippled boy and his mother who are desperately poor. Three Kings come to visit Amahl and his mother on their journey to give gifts to glorious child, the baby Jesus.

Campus Players and South Kansas Symphony joined together last year for “Romeo and Juliet,” and now they are teaming up again and adding the SC Singers. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is musically directed by David Gardner and is staged by Allyson Moon. The South Kansas Symphony is conducted by Daniel Stevens.

Playing the part of Amahl is marine biology sophomore Danielle Morford. Other major roles include: Carol Gardner as Amahl’s mother; Blake Carter as King Kaspar; Cody Davis as King Melchior; Jeremiah Roberts as King Balthazar; and Justin Tinker as the Page.

Erin Buster, Nate Lee, Ashleigh Sizemore, Joe Tran, Stephanie Wheeler, are playing the shepherds and villagers, along with the SC Singers: Julia Faust, Tony Gropper, Elizabeth Hill, Jasmine Jackson, Dylan Moore, Christian Pressley, Will Rosson, Lea Shores, and Anna Stevens.

For more information about any of the shows, call (620) 229-6272.

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SC Jazz Band Fall Concert is Monday

Winfield, Kan., Nov. 17, 2010 — The SC Jazz Band will present their fall concert on Monday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center's Messenger Recital Hall. There is no admission charge.

Directed by professor of music Jimmy Leach, the band will perform Charles Mingus's "Haitian Fight Song" and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," Bennie Moten's "Moten Swing," McCoy Tyner's "Indo-Serenade," Les Brown's "Leap Frog," Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball," and the exotic "Island Breeze."

The 14-member group includes Carol Schonlau, Tony Gropper, Darin Hart, Grace Anderson, and Dylan Moore on saxophone; Hank Futhey and Christian Pressley on trombone; Charles Turner on tuba; Sally McGuire, Tanner Seidel, and Hunter Rockhill on trumpet; Nathan Johnson on bass; Nick Hofmeister on drums; and Scott Williams on piano and Hammond B3.

Opening the concert will be the SC Jazz Combo, featuring Tony Gropper on vocals and tenor sax, Ian Phillips on bass, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Jonathan Woon on guitar, Joanna Woon on piano, Tanner Seidel on flugelhorn, and Hunter Rockhill on trumpet.

"These cats swing like there's no tomorrow,” Leach says. “When they solo, you'll hear West Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Southern Kansas pouring out of their instruments.”

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Nine Lives and SC Jazz Combo to Entertain on Friday

Winfield, Kan., Nov. 17, 2010 — On Friday, Nov. 19, music and theatre join forces for an evening of free entertainment at Southwestern College. The SC Student Jazz Combo concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe at 7:30 p.m. Both family-friendly events will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge.

“This show is steeped in music,” says troupe director Allyson Moon. “There are going to be many musical elements and games in the show. This will be an evening filled with lots of fun for the kids.”

The SC Jazz Combo will perform under the direction of Jimmy Leach, assistant professor of music and director of jazz at Southwestern. The band features Tony Gropper on vocals and tenor sax, Ian Phillips on bass, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Jonathan Woon on guitar, Joanna Woon on piano, Tanner Seidel on flugelhorn, and Hunter Rockhill on trumpet.

Their set list includes Sonny Rollins's "Blue 7," Van Morrison's "Moondance," George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," Johnny Mercer's "Autumn Leaves," John Coltrane's "Impressions," Tom Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema," Erroll Garner's "Misty," Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," and Charles Mingus's "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting."

"These swingers work without a net and never do a tune the same way twice,” says Leach. “It's a musical conversation from the get-go. They cover all the bases including standards, gospel, love songs, blues, and rock. You must see them to believe them."

The Nine Lives performers include Cody Davis, Jordy Train, and Abby Bartel. The Kittens (apprentices) of the troupe include Chris Cole, Justin Tinker, C.J. Johnson, Marilyn Kraft, and Caitlynn French.

“Bring props,” Moon says. “Bring some crazy stuff that you may have around the house or garage, but make sure it is sturdy. The actors will transform them to be used in other ways than intended.”

Any props used during the show will be returned to audience members.

For more information, call (620) 221-7720.

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SC Band Concert Sunday: Artist Mark Flickinger to Paint Original Work

Winfield, Kan., Nov. 16, 2010 — The Southwestern College Concert Band presents “Shall We Dance?” on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Southwestern College campus.

The concert will feature “English Dances” by Malcolm Arnold, “Satiric Dances” by Norman Dello Joio, Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams, and “Contra-Dance No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

"While the most recognized composer on the concert is Beethoven, concert goers might recognize Malcolm Arnold as the composer of the music from the film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which features that great march with a whistled melody," says conductor Jimmy Leach.

During the concert, Mark Flickinger, visual artist, will paint an original work in response to the music, which he’ll donate to be auctioned off following the concert.

"Having a painter on stage responding to our music will be a very interesting experience and a first for all of us, I'm sure," adds Leach.

Flickinger has shown his work in many galleries across the country, including Axis in Philadelphia, Browns in Boise, Idaho, and Jay-Addington in Chicago, as well as having solo exhibitions at Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah Ga., and has been represented by Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis for the past 15 years. He also has shows currently at American Legacy in Kansas City and locally over the years at Clayton Staples, Trish Higgins, and Fiber Arts. His paintings are included in many private public collections across America and abroad. Flickinger’s oil painting titled “Cedars and Snow” was recently purchased by the office of Governor of Kansas. Along with the painting being displayed in the governor’s mansion, the painting will be used as the Christmas card, which the governor’s office will send out to more than 28,000 homes worldwide.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door and are $5. For more information on this or any of the band’s 2010-2011 performances, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272.

The performance is underwritten by Dave and Callie Seaton.

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South Kansas Symphony Halloween Celebration

Winfield, Kan., Oct. 21, 2010 — The South Kansas Symphony will mark the Halloween celebration with a pair of performances titled “Twilight into Darkness.”

On Thursday, Oct. 28, the symphony will present a concert in the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Okla., at 7 p.m. The second performance will be Sunday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Southwestern College.

According to Daniel Stevens, executive director and conductor for the South Kansas Symphony, the short, interactive concert is programmed with young children and families in mind.

“It will feature recognizable musical pieces of the spookier variety,” Stevens says.

One highlight will be James Leland on the organ playing part of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565.”

“The opening to this piece is a classic immortalized in the Dracula movies. Hearing it live will give you shivers,” says Stevens.

After each concert the symphony will offer an instrument petting zoo for young audience members.

Each performance venue will feature additional activities for their event. In Ponca City, concertgoers are encouraged to attend Ponca City Main Street’s Goblins on Grand Halloween Carnival before the concert. In Winfield, every child will receive a door prize and each child who comes in costume will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The cost is $5 for adults; children 17 and under are free with an adult admission. For more information regarding the Ponca City performance, visit www.poncantheatre.com or call (580) 765-0943. For more information on this or any of the Symphony’s 2010-2011 performances, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272.

The Ponca City performance is underwritten by Dick and Joan Jones. The Winfield performance is underwritten by Mary and Phil Jarvis.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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SC Youth Symphony Concert Sunday

Winfield, Kan., Oct. 14, 2010 — The Southwestern College Youth Symphony will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Southwestern College campus.

The program will include “A Hectic Overture” by John Lloyd, movements from Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” in C minor, Op. 67, and “Millennium” by Richard Meyer.

“I came home from the first rehearsal with this group in August and all I could say was ‘Wow’” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “This fifth season is our biggest to date. We have our largest ensemble and we are preparing for our first tour to perform in Branson in December.”

There are 58 youth in the symphony.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. A short reception will follow the performance.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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SC Concert Band to Present March Madness

Winfield, Kan., Oct. 4, 2010 — The Southwestern College Concert Band presents “March Madness” with its first concert of the season on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Southwestern College campus.

New music faculty member Jimmy Leach takes the helm of the 34-member group for the first time.

“I am so excited to lead this fabulous group of musicians; they are so easy to work with,” says Leach. “I think that my Oklahoma upbringing made me a ripe prospect to appreciate the wonderful Kansas friendliness.”

The program features march warhorses such as Bagley’s “National Emblem” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as Delibes’ “March and Procession of Bacchus,” Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from “Lohengrin,” and Grainger’s “Children’s March.”

“Most people nowadays think of basketball when they hear the expression ‘March Madness,’ but in the late 19th century, most towns had a band, and any citizen who valued a higher social standing would be in that band, so they were definitely mad about marches,” Leach continued.

The performance is underwritten by Thane and Vicky Rockhill.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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First Concert for South Kansas Symphony to be Sept. 26

Winfield, Kan., Sept. 22, 2010 — The South Kansas Symphony will present its first concert of the season on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the Southwestern College campus.

The program begins with “The Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana and a movement from Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 for Piano and Orchestra. The final work on the program is Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals,” which will be interpreted with dancers from Dance Camp studio, the JINX Dance Team, and students from the college’s dance classes and original choreography created by Susan Camp, Erika Lamas, Mariah Potts, Alicia White, and Yazmin Wood. Costumes for the performance have been created by Yvonne Marcotte.

Also featured on the program are pianists Reid Alexander and Jo Ellen DeVilbiss. Alexander, a professor of piano at the University of Illinois and an accomplished performer, presenter, writer, and educator, will present the first movement, “Allegro molto moderato” of the Grieg concerto. DeVilbiss is a piano faculty member and executive and artistic director of The Conservatory of Central Illinois. She and Alexander will perform side-by-side on the Saint-Saëns.

“We are fortunate to have this pair of skilled musicians come to Kansas,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “Rae Lynne Baker, sister of Jo Ellen DeVilbiss, plays flute for the symphony and is an advisory board member. She put us in contact with them. Having visiting musicians perform with the South Kansas Symphony is a treat to our loyal audience, giving them fresh experiences. It also encourages us to be at the top of our game, to represent the fine musical work being done in Kansas.”

As a part of their visit, DeVilbiss and Alexander will present a masterclass on Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in the rehearsal hall of Darbeth Performing Arts Center. Their presentation is open to the public.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. More than 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Winfield, KS - Nov. 12, 2009

The Southwestern College Concert Band continues its season on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. Concert highlights will include Holst’s “Second Suite for Military Band,” Saint-Saens’ “Orient et Occident,” and Bilik’s “Block M Concert March.”

“The Concert Band will be featuring classic, standard repertoire for symphonic bands in this concert,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. The Holst suite and ‘Molly on the Shore’ contains melodies familiar to most ears, and are found in their original contexts. A personal highlight is found in the opening ‘Fanfare and Flourishes,’ a two-minute composition, that will have the audience on the edge of their seats.”

The event is underwritten by Warren D. and Colleen Andreas.

For more information or to receive a brochure which includes the concert schedule, underwriters, seating chart, and guests, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Southwestern College faculty, staff, and students are free at the door with identification.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. More than 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Winfield, KS - Oct. 26, 2009

The South Kansas Symphony at Southwestern College has all treats and no tricks for families when it presents “Ghosts & Goblins” on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. The Symphony and Southwestern College Youth Symphony will perform, in costume, in Richardson Auditorium in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

“This season, we wanted to include a family concert, complete with activity sheets, dancing and marching, and audience participation, so Halloween was the natural choice,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “Our own families, my own young children, will be there and we want them to have a great time.”

The short, interactive program is programmed with young children and families in mind. It features film composer John Williams’s score for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” music from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre” featuring concertmaster Maciek Zawadaski on violin. Every child will receive a door prize and each one who comes in costume will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. After the concert the symphony will offer an instrument petting zoo.

“Parents need not to worry,” says Stevens, “the zookeepers will sanitize the instruments in between each child so the fun stays safe.”

The event is underwritten by Helen D. Branscum.

For more information or to receive a brochure that includes the concert schedule, underwriters, seating chart, and guests, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door and are $5 for adults. Children are free with an adult admission.

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Winfield, KS - Oct. 9, 2009

The South Kansas Symphony at Southwestern College will open its 105th season with a performance of “Emotion” on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Christy Administration Building. The program features Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

“The Rachmaninoff was a choice the advisory board of the symphony was rooting for last December when we were discussing this season,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “It is a work much enjoyed by audiences for the sweeping melodies and sheer drama. The musicians are now experiencing the hard work that it requires. It’s a gorgeous and difficult work that is challenging and inspiring the orchestra.”

Another highlight is Castlenuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto No. 1 in D Major, featuring David Brody on guitar. Brody is the band director at Wellington High School, as well as professor of classical guitar at Wichita State University. He is accompanied by 15 musicians within the orchestra. Rounding out the concert will be Mozart’s Symphony No. 27 in G Major.

The event is underwritten by Jane Duncan and Craig and Dianna Duncan.

Tickets for the performance are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information or to receive a brochure which includes the concert schedule, underwriters, seating chart, and guest artists, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272 or visit the website at www.southkansassymphony.com.

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Winfield, KS - Sept. 25, 2009

The Southwestern College Concert Band will open its season on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Southwestern College.

The program, which will begin with a unique arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” for band and full choir, is titled “Americana” because nearly all the works that will be presented have America as their inspiration. Highlights include Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and John Williams’s “Hymn to the Fallen” from the motion picture “Saving Private Ryan.”

“We are excited to begin this year with such moving choices of music and to feature guest talent,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “John Williams’s film scores are works that many of us recognize and to which we instinctively respond. ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ remembers to those who gave their lives in service to our country and we are very pleased to have Matt Berthot and the Winfield High School choir join us in presenting this tribute.”

“‘The Lincoln Portrait’ combines majestic band music with the words of Abraham Lincoln (read by guest speaker Clayton Crawford), and is really unforgettable. Even if you’ve heard this before, it moves you every time,” Stevens says.

The event is underwritten by John and Rae Lynne Baker, Jim and Charlotte Buterbaugh, Byron and Carolyn Jones, and William L. and Evelyn Morris.

For more information or to receive a brochure that includes the concert schedule, underwriters, seating chart, and guest artists, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272 or visit the Web site at www.SCconcertband.com. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

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Winfield, KS - Sept. 3, 2009

The 105th season of instrumental music at Southwestern College features an active schedule and an attractive season ticket offer.

Executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens will lead the South Kansas Symphony and the SC Concert Band on a 10-concert season. The symphony will perform six times while the band performs five times. The symphony will also perform three times in Ponca City, Okla., and once in Arkansas City.

“The Golden Circle” season ticket plan is being offered again. For $500, a Golden Circle couple will receive season tickets to 10 on-campus concerts, preferred parking and seating to all concerts, and a VIP reception or formal dinner accompanying each Winfield concert (with transportation provided by the trolley).

“Our new season has so much to offer,” Stevens says. “We have planned events for the whole family. There is a Halloween concert tailored to youth that includes music from ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’; an American tribute to our servicemen and women; a formal affair for our Golden Circle to eat at the Winfield Country Club; and our famous ‘Night on the Red Carpet’ featuring music from movie classics.”

Other ticket options include season tickets (10 concerts for the price of six) for $30 or individual show tickets for $5 each (except for “Romeo & Juliet,” $10). Free concerts include Kaleidoscope on Oct. 17 and the Family Christmas Concert on Dec. 6 in Winfield and Dec. 8 in Arkansas City.

For more information or to receive a brochure which includes the concert schedule, underwriters, seating chart, and guests, contact Lou Tharp at (620) 229-6272.