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Highly Acclaimed Spire Chamber Ensemble to Perform

September 11, 2018

The Emporia State University (ESU) Department of Music is hosting the 2018 Annual Gala Benefit Concert, featuring the Spire Chamber Ensemble, on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Heath Recital Hall of Beach Music Hall on the ESU campus. All proceeds from the concert go toward ESU music scholarships, giving students an opportunity to realize their dreams of becoming professional musicians and educators. 

This year’s concert, Vocal Fireworks, will be performed by the Spire Chamber Ensemble from Kansas City. The group’s founder and director, Ben A. Spalding, received undergraduate degrees in voice and piano from Emporia State University and two master’s in conducting and composition from Rowan University. Spalding is also the Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, Kansas, where he has built one of the most prestigious concert series and arts programs in the Kansas City area. The concert will also feature Grammy Award winning soprano EstelíGomez and baroque trumpet specialist Brian Shaw. The group regularly sells out Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center and has received praise from Kansas City music critics.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased over the phone at (620)-341-5431, or at the door on the evening of the event. This is lower than the cost to see them perform in Kansas City, and unique because all proceeds go directly to fund scholarships, with a goal of raising $15,000 this year. Donations above the $25 ticket price are welcome as a charitable contribution.

A highlight of the concert will be the induction of Dennis Fisher, Associate Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, into the Beach Hall of Distinction. Fisher graduated from ESU in 1971 and has had a prestigious career as a conductor and educator. This ceremony will take place during the concert intermission.

Theatre Ticket Pricing Encourages Advance Sales

September 14, 2018

Under the new policy, ESU Theatre will continue to offer in-person sales and phone sales through the University Ticket Office in the Memorial Union. However, persons who buy their tickets at the performance will pay a surcharge. So patrons who buy their tickets in advance will receive a substantial savings.

ESU Theatre presents 2018-2019 Season

August 29, 2018

The Emporia State University Theatre Department presents its 2018-19 season of plays. The productions explore a journey for self-discovery, the struggle between good and evil, the bonds of friendship and the tragedy of forbidden love. The lineup includes “Pippin” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson; “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by Jethro Compton; “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling and “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare.

ESU Theatre presents ‘Moo Juice: The Musical’

July 18, 2018

ESU’s 64th season of Summer Theatre concludes with Krista (Funky Mama) Eyler’s “Moo Juice: The Musical.” The first of four performances will be presented Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Jim and Lindy Bartruff will direct the show. Melinda Groves is the rehearsal pianist.

ESU Theatre presents riotous farce ‘Suite Surrender’

July 2, 2018

Emporia State University’s 64th annual season of Summer Theatre continues July 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. with “Suite Surrender” by Michael McKeever.

ESU Summer Theatre Season 64 presents ‘The Odd Couple’ by Neil Simon

June 20, 2018

Emporia State University’s 64th season of Summer Theatre continues June 27-30 with “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon.

ESU Theatre presents Sean Grennan’s ‘A Dog’s Life’

June 8, 2018

The 64th season of Emporia State University Summer Theatre kicks off Wednesday, June 13, at 7:30 pm with “A Dog’s Life” by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto. Directed by Jim and Lindy Bartruff, with musical direction by Alexis Lowder, the show was first produced at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City. “A Dog’s Life” is a warmhearted new musical that chronicles the joys and challenges of dog ownership. Suitable for dog and cat lovers alike, the show is a celebration of the inseparable bond between man and mutt. But just who owns whom?

Summer Theatre Opens 64th Season on June 13

May 24, 2018

The 64th season of Emporia State University Summer Theatre continues this June and July. The new season features a lineup of four shows sure to please audiences of all ages. The line-up includes “A Dog’s Life” by Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto, “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, “Suite Surrender” by Michael McKeever and “Moo Juice: The Musical” by Krista “Funky Mama” Eyler. All performances will be at the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall on the Emporia State University campus. Tickets are available from the Memorial Union Ticket Office at 620-341-6378.

William Allen White Children’s Book Winners Announced

May 14, 2018

Being the new kid in school is never easy, and both winning titles in the 2018 William Allen White (WAW) Children’s Book Awards explore the unique obstacles that two new kids face. “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt was selected by voters in Grades 3 through 5 and “Took” by Mary Downing Hahn was selected by voters in Grades 6 through 8.

Kevin Rabas Named 2018 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor

April 13, 2018

“A rare sort of teacher who not only informs and instructs, but also ignites passion for his subject matter and inspires his students to achieve everything their potential allows.”

Theatre presents Joseph Kesselring’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

April 7, 2018

The second production of Emporia State University Theatre’s spring season is Joseph Kesselring’s 1940 farcical black comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Featuring a man who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt, homicidal old women and a drama critic trying to get married, the show is a classic example of the comedy that stems from a normal person attempting to survive in a world of absurd circumstances.

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