Summer Music Festival to Offer Free Concerts

SMF LogoThe Southwestern College Summer Music Festival, sponsored by the V. J. Wilkins Foundation in Cowley County, will offer several performances for the public to attend and there is no admission charge.

The festival features students in 7th to 12th grade with three areas of emphasis: voice, band, and strings.

The upcoming concerts include:

Monday, June 3, 7 p.m.—Injoy Fountain, guest artist-in-residence, will present a solo recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Fountain is a Wichita local and an in-demand performer on the regional, national, and international stage. Favorite regional credits include Celie in “The Color Purple” (Roxy’s Downtown), and Justice in “Rock of Ages” (Music Theater Wichita). While living in New York City, Fountain performed regularly with four-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad in addition to making her off-Broadway debut. She looks forward to returning to NYC this July to headline her second off-Broadway show at the Green Room 42. Other national credits include touring with Post Modern Jukebox and being a contestant on The Voice (season 17, team Kelly). Fountain has also enjoyed performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, notably in a production of “Rent” under the direction of Anthony Rapp. She is the proud director of Injoy Fountain Academy, a youth performance academy based in Wichita. Fountain is represented by Evolve Talent Management NYC.

Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.—Simon Hill and Jeremy Kirk will present a joint faculty recital in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Hill will perform a lecture-recital on Broadway and Musical Theatre. Kirk’s set will include a program of contemporary solo percussion works for instruments including marimba, multiple percussion, and snare drum.

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.—Sarah Jane Naillon, joined by Wichita Symphony violinist Rebecca Schloneger, will give a guided tour showcasing the versatility of the violin from the Baroque through the 20th century. This performance will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. 

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.—The Summer Music Festival campers will present the music they have been working on over the course of the week as a grand finale to conclude the festival. This performance will be held in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

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