music at Fort Hays State University continues with a faculty piano recital by Dr. Irena Ravitskaya at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus.
Ravitskaya, an assistant professor of music and theatre, will perform a sonata by Beethoven, "Impromptus" by Schubert and "L' Isle Joyeuse" (The Island of Joy) by Debussy.
"Beethoven's sonatas are one the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire," said Raviskaya. "They demand expression as well as technical and artistic skill.
"Schubert’s music seems to be less technical, however, since he was predominantly a song composer I have to make it sound like someone is singing through the piano. Debussy’s music is often labeled as impressionistic. Each piece of the selection I am performing also creates a certain image. Moreover, the challenge of Debussy is that he treats the piano as an orchestra," she said.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students 12 and over, and free for FHSU students with valid student ID.
The Encore series will bring Doubt at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to Beach/Schmidt. John Patrick Shanley shows a picture of the powerful battle between Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius in its full scope. Reserved seating tickets are $30 for the public, $28 for senior citizens and children under the age of 18, and $21 for FHSU students with valid student ID. Unreserved seating is $26, $28 and $17, respectively.
The Hays Symphony Orchestra will host the Young Artist Competition at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Beach/Schmidt. The competition is open to any university student. Three students were selected as finalists at the preliminary performances in November: Brian Keller, Ellis senior, saxophone; Engeny Zvonnikov, Wichita State University, violin; and Quinn Lake, Wichita State, cello. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students 12 and over and free for FHSU students with valid student ID.
The Encore series will bring "My Fair Lady" to Beach/Schmidt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion." Featured songs are "Wouldn't it be Lovely?" and "With a Little Bit of Luck." Reserved seating tickets are $40 for the public, $38 for senior citizens and children under the age of 18, and $31 for FHSU students with valid student ID. Unreserved seating is $36, $34 and $27, respectively.
For more information on any of these events contact the Department of Music and Theatre at 785-628-4226.