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

Board of Regents approves school reorganization
On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, the Kansas Board of Regents approved KUís proposed reorganization of the fine arts programs. Read more.

KU Opera to perform Gilbert and Sullivanís Patience
The KU Opera is set to perform Gilbert and Sullivanís libretto Patience. The comic opera, set in two acts, will take place in Swarthout Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8 and 13-14 (2/8 performance at 2:30 p.m.). Read more.

Department of Art welcomes new faculty artist
KUís Department of Art welcomed a new faculty member this semester when Norman Akers, painter and printmaker, made the University of Kansas his new teaching home. Read more.

Upcoming events at the Lied Center of Kansas

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Sunday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss some of the world's most timeless compositions performed by one of the world's most unique ensembles. Presenting an evening of signature performance pieces including Handel's celebrated Water Music, Purcell's Fairy Queen and others, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestraís unforgettable arrangements of classic masterpieces are extraordinary.
Josephine Baker: "A Life of Le Jazz Hot!" featuring Imani Winds
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Vibrant and vivacious; come celebrate Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot just in time for Valentine's Day. Featuring Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, and talented jazz vocalist, Maria Howell, Le Jazz Hot! is a multimedia tribute to the extraordinary life of Josephine Baker.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

How do you spell F-U-N? Come see this hilarious show at the Lied Center and find out. This fun, fast-paced musical-comedy based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway show unfolds at one of childhood's most thrilling events, the local spelling bee. Don't miss seeing six adolescent brainiacs learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't make you a loser.
Wu Man and Friends
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Performing selections from her 2005 album, "Wu Man and Friends," Wu Man pays homage to the plucked instrument and explores the familiar and the foreign with musicians from Uganda and the Appalachian Mountains. She is joined by James Makubuya playing Ugandan string instruments and Lee Knight playing the North American banjo.
For tickets or more information to 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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