Extra Credit Opportunity: SEK Symphony

Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
McCray Recital Hall
$7 general admission, $5 children and seniors, free to PSU students

  • Mozart Concertone in C Major, K. 190 Featuring Dr. Paul Carlson, violin; Dr. Kexi Liu, violin
  • Pierrots Dance Song from The Dead City Featuring Mr. Patrick Howle, baritone
  • Flying White by Forrest Pierce (commissioned for this performance) Featuring Dr. Mary Kirkendoll, flute; Dr. Craig Fuchs, conductor
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36


Extra Credit Opportunity: Jazz Festival

The 38th Annual PSU Jazz Festival is just around the corner on March 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM at Memorial Auditorium. The concert features one of the great jazz big bands from New York, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. This group features some to the best studio and jazz musicians in the world. Jazz aficionados will also know that this was formerly the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.  Their latest Grammy win is  Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard, on Planet Arts Recordings.

Tickets for the evening concert are available at the PSU Ticket Office or at the door.
Adults $15.00 ; PSU Faculty and Staff and persons 65 and over/17 ad under $13.00
Full time PSU students free with proper ID

The event is cosponsored by PALS, Memorial Auditorium, PSU Student Government, and the PSU Music Department

Throughout the day there will be high school and middle school groups competing in the Student Center, McCray and at Memorial Auditorium. These events are free. Listen and enjoy.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Cuarteto Latinoamericano

“Matchless in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and concentrated teamwork.” – The Washington Post

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from
Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American
repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin Grammy.

The Cuarteto has performed as soloists with many orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Seattle Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Dallas Symphony and the Símón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. Under the auspices of the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles of Venezuela, the Cuarteto has created the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, based in Caracas, which serves as a training ground for five select young string quartets from the Sistema.

February 10, 2012

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Recital Hall on the PSU campus.
Tickets are available at no charge to full-time PSU students with valid student ID.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Cantus Ensemble

Recognized as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” by Fanfare Magazine, Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, educational outreach programs, and recording. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power,” and refers to their musicmaking as “spontaneous grace.” The ensemble is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres,  including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music, and pop. The ensemble has toured throughout Canada, West Africa, the United States, and Europe. Their numerous recordings have garnered critical acclaim from Stereophile, Gramophone, Classics Today, and National Public Radio. Cantus has received commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, and Chamber Music America. An active proponent of music education, Cantus strives to encourage people of all ages especially men – to sing. The ensemble annually works with over 10,000 young people throughout the country in educational activities ranging from master classes to festivals and collaborations.

January 20, 2012

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Recital Hall on the PSU campus.
Tickets are available at no charge to full-time PSU students with valid student ID.

Extra Credit Opportunity: PSU Winds & SEK Symphony

The PSU Wind Ensemble and SEK Symphony will be presenting a Holiday Concert this Sunday, December 4th at 2:00pm at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.  The Wind Ensemble will perform standard band literature during the first half of the program, and then they will be joined by the SEK Symphony strings to present holiday music, complete with an audience sing-a-long!!!  Warm apple cider and cookies will be provided in the lobby following the concert.

Extra Credit Opportunity: December PSU jazz concert

Here is your official invitation to the December PSU jazz concert. It is at 7:30 PM on December 1 at Memorial Auditorium (503 N. Pine in Pittsburg). This is a free concert and features two of our PSU colleagues, Mrs. Stella Hastings and Dr. Russell Jones. The concert has something for everyone form jazz standards to classic pieces like Secret Love, Georgia, and Tea for Two. There are works from the Basie, Kenton, and Les Hooper libraries and even a new work from the British rock band Radiohead. We hope to see you there.