Piano concert, art festival, legislative coffee on tap

4/18/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Southwest Kansans can hear some of the best emerging pianists in the area during a public concert planned at the 31st Annual Garden City Piano Festival this weekend.

The festival is an annual event that brings more than 100 Kansas piano students and teachers to Garden City Community College for two days of individual clinic sessions and a public performance on Saturday.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.

Three clinicians, James Rivers, Julie Rivers and Andrew Trechak, Wichita State University, will work with the piano students.

James Rivers, Topeka, is on the Washburn University piano faculty. Julie Rivers, also of Topeka, is a piano recording artist with Earth Star Records.

Students and instructors from Dighton, Hugoton, Johnson, Lakin, Leoti, Liberal, Montezuma, Satanta, Sublette and Ulysses have registered, along with pianists from Garden City.

Activities will be conducted throughout the fine arts building, with pianists of all skill levels participating in individual regular lessons and master lessons, given by Rivers, Trechak and Rivers.

The festival is sponsored in partnership by GCCC and the Garden City Piano Teachers League, with strong support from the Mary Jo Williams Trust, as well as backing from a number of business, individuals and organizations.

Other weekend events include:

Christian Art Festival: From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Finnup Fellowship Hall, at Third and Walnut Streets, with an artists' reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and desserts with live musical entertainment.

Judge's remarks will be at 6:45 p.m. with Darleen Smith, Dodge City High School art instructor. The event is sponsored by the Community Congregational Church.

Exhibit hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers are offering $725 in cash prizes, plus six purchase awards and a people's choice award, youth and adult divisions. For more information, call Vivian Fankhauser, chairperson, 276-8767, or Community Congregational Church, 275-5623.

Legislative Coffee: 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Hospital, Classroom B. A complimentary breakfast will be served, courtesy of the hospital. For more information, call 276-3264.

Singles dance: Featuring the "Moonshiners" from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eagles Lodge, U.S. Highway 83 and Mary Street. Sponsored by Garden City Singles, the dance is open to the public. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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