School of Fine Arts
Welcome to the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts electronic news update. Please enjoy this sample of news and events happening in the departments of art, design, music & dance, and the Lied Center of Kansas. To find additional information about KU School of Fine Arts news and events, visit our Web site at

KU art department enters virtual world
KUís Art Island is a 16-acre virtual extension art department in which students from around the world can attend courses and interact with professional artists. Read more.

Design chair steps down and accepts new post at KU
Greg Thomas has announced his resignation as chair of the department, and will assume the position of Coordinator of Development for the newly constituted KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning next year. Read more.

KU celebrates season with Holiday and Jazz Vespers
The 84th annual Holiday Vespers concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Lied Center of Kansas. This year marks the seventh anniversary of KU Jazz Vespers, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, also at the Lied Center. Read more.

Upcoming events at the Lied Center of Kansas

Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Join us for a fun holiday performance of A Stan Kenton Christmas. In a unique interpretation of classic Christmas songs, the large ensemble will perform unparalleled big-band arrangements featuring Joy to the World, The Nutcracker Dances and White Christmas, among others. Donít miss this spectacular holiday classic.
Stolen Moments: The First One Hundred Years of Jazz,
featuring Metta Quintet and guests
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16

This is a multimedia event, perfect for all ages. From the work songs and spirituals that stemmed from the hardship of slavery, to the blues, to ragtime, to singing big bands of the 1930s, to the rebelliousness of post-war Be-Bop and beyond, Stolen Moments illustrates how jazz rapidly evolved from the single expression of the African-American experience to an ever-flourishing world music that has transcended ethnic and cultural boundaries. You donít want to miss this celebration of a true American art form.

More events coming up at the Lied Center:
Kansas City Symphony with special guest, classically trained piano soloist Kuok-Wai Lio, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
Interpreti Veneziani, an energetic Italian ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
L.A. Theatre Works in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, a preeminent period-performance ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
Imani Winds performing Josephine Baker: "A Life of Le Jazz Hot," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, how Broadway spells F-U-N, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
Wu Man and Friends, a world of unique instruments, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19
The Pajama Game, the Broadway classic, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27

For tickets or more information about these and other Lied Series events, visit or call 785-864-2787.

Banner photos contributed by Gordon Holland, Sara Muzzy, Lied Center, Michael Bird and Earl Richardson

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