Aug. 22, 2008
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series for 2008-2009 combines music, dancing, comedy plus an educational presentation on ecosystems.

Six events highlight the annual series, starting with satirist Roy Zimmerman’s performance on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Lodge, 502 Ames St.

Season tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children. Tickets can be bought at the Baker University business office, Baldwin State Bank, Kansas State Bank or by contacting Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series, at (785) 594-8421 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All events are general admission. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the shows.

Baker students, faculty and staff with valid university identification are admitted free to all events in the series.

September 25 • Roy Zimmerman, satirist
7:30 p.m., The Lodge, Adults: $15, Youth: $10
Known for his wit and keen perception of society’s foibles, Roy Zimmerman has been writing satirical songs for two decades, finding humor in ignorance, war and greed. A fixture on NPR and Sirius Radio, Zimmerman has played clubs across the country, sharing the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. He tours as a one-man show performing original songs and comic commentary.

Oct. 2 • Gilles Vonsattel, concert pianist
7:30 p.m., McKibbin Recital Hall, Adults $15, Youth: $10
Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonattel has performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Winner of the Naumburg Foundation’s prestigious 2002 International Piano Competition and the 2006 Geneva International Piano Competition, Vonsattel has been praised for his deft ability to "weave in and out of vastly different piano styles.”

Nov. 6 • The Western Wind, vocal ensemble
7:30 p.m., Baldwin First UMC, Adults $25, Youth: $10
From Renaissance motets to rock 'n'  roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington,  The Western Wind repertoire reveals its diverse background.  For nearly four decades, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet, has devoted itself to the uniqueness and variety of a cappella music. The ensemble has entertained at such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

Feb. 10 • Step Afrika! Stomp troupe
7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Adults $25, Youth: $10
Based in Washington, D.C., Step Afrika! celebrates stepping, an art form born at African American fraternities and based in African traditions. As the first professional company dedicated to stepping, the stomp troupe’s intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. Founded in 1994, the company is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for youths worldwide.

March 3 • David Munnelly Irish Band
7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Adults $25, Youth: $10
Irish button accordion wizard David Munnelly brings new excitement and depth to traditional music while drawing for inspiration on past masters, including the Roaring ‘20s Flanagan Brothers. With their unique West Mayo style of playing, the band is making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. Munnelly received the 2005 Composer of the Year Award.

April 14 • Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D., aka: Canopy Meg
7:30 p.m., Owens Audio Visual Room, Adults $15, Youth: $10
For 30 years, Margaret Lowman, “Canopy Meg,” has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, with special expertise on the links between insect pests and ecosystem health. Lowman is affectionately called the grandmother of canopy research. She relentlessly works to “map” the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation in Florida as well as around the world. Lowman is currently Director of Environmental Initiatives and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida.


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