Dr. Mark Foley poses with arms crossed in a dramatic, sepia-toned photograph.

Mark Foley, professor of double bass, appears in concert with the WSU Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Miller Concert Hall. Foley will perform his own concerto composed for the occasion. The concert, led by Mark Laycock, will also include music by Vaughan Williams.

The Little Wichita Concerto, for double bass and chamber orchestra, draws upon a wide variety of styles and influences, including jazz, rock and roll, and classical music. Foley also serves as principal bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs each summer as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder.

A mainstay of the Wichita jazz scene, Foley is a first-call bassist for club dates and sessions with local and national players. He is the founder and musical director of the Knob Festival of New Music, an annual series of concerts presenting performances of wildly diverse new works by local, national and international artists.

The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s “A London Symphony.” Premiered in 1914, the symphony features rich melodic invention, powerful climaxes and extraordinary structural cohesion across its four movements. It was the piece the composer conducted most frequently in his appearances with orchestras around the world.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-978-3233.

The School of Music and Choral Activities are proud to present the 60th annual Candlelight Concerts Dec. 1-3 in Wiedemann Hall.

Come get immersed in the beautiful sounds of the season as they continue to celebrate the long-lasting tradition of the WSU Candlelight Concerts.

Rie Bloomfield Organ Series Wednesdays in Wiedemann with Lynne Davis December 6, 2023 at 5:15pm Wiedemann Hall Marcussen organ

Wednesdays in Wiedemann with Lynne Davis presents its annual Christmas Organ Concert on the Marcussen organ at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Wiedemann Hall. Admission is available at no additional charge to hear and participate in the yearly event, which includes audience singing of beloved songs and carols as well as works on the organ and for solo voice with Alan Held and Hilary Taylor, both from the voice faculty at the School of Music.

The event will be live-streamed on the School of Music Facebook page.

Suor Angelica poster

Wichita State University Opera Theater will present two performances of Italian opera entitled “Suor Angelica and Friends” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 in Wiedemann Hall.

Highlights from multiple operas will be heard including selections from “Il Trovatore,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Rigoletto” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” followed by a complete performance of Puccini’s most beloved one-act opera, “Suor Angelica.” Featured in the performance will be WSU faculty members, Dr. Hilary Grace Taylor and Dr. Warren Kim.

WSU Opera Theater is under the direction of Alan Held, professor of voice and director of opera studies.

WSU students can request their student ticket at no additional charge in advance by going to the Fine Arts Box Office in Duerksen Fine Arts Center during operating hours. Students must show their Shocker ID.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Fine Arts Box Office or by phone at 316-978-3233.

Rie Bloomfield Organ Series Marcussen organ in Wiedemann Hall 2023-2024 season. Distinguished Guest Artist, "Organized Rhythm" Clive Driskill-Smith, organ and Joseph Gramley, percussion.

“Organized Rhythm”, the exceptional duo of organist, Clive Driskill-Smith, and percussionist, Joseph Gramley, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Wiedemann Hall.

The combination of the two instruments onstage is explosive and will appeal to a large audience and don’t miss the Conversation with the Artists, an onstage interview with host, Lynne Davis. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the artists and what they do.

Tickets can be purchased at the College of Fine Arts Box Office and through the online storefront. Wichita State students can receive one ticket at no additional charge with their Shocker ID thanks to the support of the Student Government Association.

A Chorus Line; Nov 2-4 at 2:00 pm; Nov 5 at 7:30 pm

The School of Performing Arts proudly presents “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in Wilner Auditorium.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens, military, and faculty and staff; and $12 for children and students. Wichita State students can receive one ticket at no additional charge with their Shocker ID thanks to the support of the Student Government for College of Fine Arts performances. Call the Box Office at 316-978-3233 or order tickets from the online storefront.

Directed and choreographed (adapted from Michael Bennet’s original Broadway choreography) by Amy Baker Schwiethale, “A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves. Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption and within the bright, outwardly homogenous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality.

The School of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that 2021 Alum Ariel Glorsky-Seyl will be joining the performance as a special guest artist to portray the role of Diana Morales in “A Chorus Line.” During her time at WSU, she played several roles including Susan in “[title of show]” and Amy in “The Theory of Relativity.”

WSU Director of Bands, Dr. Timothy Shade Conuducting with text that reads Wichita State University Wind Ensemble. Tudesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Miller Concert Hall. Don't miss it.

Join the WSU Wind Ensemble for a mesmerizing musical journey at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Miller Concert Hall. Experience Steven Bryant’s captivating “Ecstatic Waters,” Luis Serrano Alarcón’s diverse “Duende” and the dynamic finale “DOPE” by Katahj Copley, accompanied by a film premiere.

WSU students with a Shocker ID can request their student tickets at no additional charge in advance by going to the Fine Arts Box Office located in Duerksen Fine Arts Center during operating hours.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Fine Arts Box Office or by phone at 316-978-3233.

Vadym Kholodenko Artist Piano Recital. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Wiedemann Hall

The College of Fine Arts presents world-renowned Ukrainian pianist, Vadym Kholodenko, in recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Wiedemann Hall. Vadym Kholodenko was born in 1986 in Kyiv, Ukraine and won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013.

He captured the attention of jury, audience and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet, “cheering like a rock star.”  The program is underwritten by the estate of Joyce Snelling Grubbs, and ticket proceeds will fund music scholarships.

WSU students with a Shocker ID can request their student tickets at no additional charge in advance by going to the Fine Arts Box Office located in Duerksen Fine Arts Center during operating hours.

Move On Litwin: Dance Up Close

The School of Performing Arts proudly presents “Move on Litwin: Dance Up Close,” a diverse evening of dance works, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28 in the Litwin Theatre of the Heskett Dance Studio.

Tickets are $15, but Wichita State students can receive one ticket to the performance at no additional charge with their Shocker ID thanks to the support of the WSU Student Government for College of Fine Arts performances.

Call the College of Fine Arts Box Office at 316-978-3233 for tickets, or purchase them online.

The School of Performing Arts in the College of Fine Arts invites the Wichita community to its 2023-24 season of productions.

This year’s season is centered around “Building Community.”

Fall 2023:

  • Move on Litwin: Dance Up Close – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28 in Litwin Theatre, Heskett Dance Studios
  • A Chorus Line – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4; 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Wilner Auditorium
  • Senior Capstone Celebration – 6 p.m. Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Wilner Auditorium

Spring 2024:

  • Wichita Children’s Dance Festival – 2 p.m. Jan. 28 in Wilner Auditorium
  • Peter and the Starcatcher – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 2; 2 p.m. March 3 in Wilner Auditorium
  • Christmas Dish – 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 in the Welsbacher Black Box Theatre, Hughes Metropolitan Complex
  • Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre – 7 p.m. April 25-27; 2 p.m. April 28 in Wilner Auditorium

Tickets can be purchased online from the College of Fine Arts Box Office. Find a complete list of productions on the School of Performing Arts website.