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NEWS RELEASE

Oct. 20, 2009

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De Soto receives championship trophy

Baldwin City, Kan. — DeSoto High School, which were awarded top ratings in marching and the color guard, received the Jeremy Frye memorial championship trophy at the 11th annual Baker University Marching Festival on Oct. 14 at Liston Stadium.

The DeSoto Dazzlers and Louisburg Jazzy Cats were the lone performers to participate in the color guard competition. Both of them received I ratings.

Here are results from the marching festival:

I Rating

Louisburg, De Soto, Hutchinson

II Rating

Baldwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Spring Hill, Bonner Springs, Perry-Lecompton, Ottawa, Osage City, Mill Valley, Tonganoxie, Atchison

III Rating

Highland Park, Cass Midway, Paola, Turner


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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 13, 2009
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Fall Choral Concert set for Oct. 27

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s annual Fall Choral Concert is set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at First United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St. Admission is free.

The performance will feature the Baker University Women’s Choir, Baker Chamber Singers, The Concert Choir and 8 on Eighth.

The choirs, conducted by Matthew Potterton, will sing a variety of music from various historical periods, jazz, as well as classical genres.

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NEWS RELEASE

Oct. 13, 2009

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Orchestras to perform at fall concert

Baldwin City, Kan. —  The Baker University Fall Orchestra Concert will be 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free.

The concert will open with “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” by J.S. Bach, featuring student soloists Sarah Shipley (violin), Olivia Hernandez (flute) and Adrienne Barclay (harpsichord).

The String Orchestra will perform “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst and “It Takes Four to Tango” by 21st century American composer Daniel Dorff.

The Symphonic Orchestra selections include “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46” by Edvard Grieg and two movements of “Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Lori McKinney will conduct the orchestras.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 9, 2009
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Electrifying Baldwin City documentary to premiere

Baldwin City, Kan. — The documentary “Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City: Electrifying a Small Town’s Identity” will premiere at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at The Lodge, 502 Ames St.

A grant from the Kansas Humanities Council supported the project as part of its Kansans Tell Their Stories Program. The Lodge and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will serve as host of the screening.

The eight-minute documentary captures the story of Professor W.C. Bauer, Baker and Baldwin City being forever linked in 1906 when the young academic electrified the university and then the entire town.

“The documentary focuses on the impact an innovative chemistry and physics professor had on the Baldwin City community at the turn of the century,” said Joanne Tolkoff, project director and the director of marketing and communications at Baker. “Professor Bauer provided a service, encouraging the community to be independent and not to cave in to the corporate power utilities at work at that time.”

A research paper by a Baker University student last year inspired the documentary. Tracy Light, a senior history and secondary education major, conducted all of the primary-source research associated with the story.

“Her paper allowed us to realize there was a good story, something that had some depth and a story worth telling,” Tolkoff said. “We were one of the first communities in the area to install an electric grid system to bring electricity into the city limits. It was so unusual that we became a model for other towns.”

A panel discussion, led by John Richards, assistant professor at Baker, will follow the documentary. He will be joined by Light; Loren Litteer, former Baldwin City mayor; Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council; Brad Roszell, of Hometown Collaborations; and Susan Emel, professor of communication at Baker.

“The collaborative effort with Baldwin City residents in the production of the project has resulted in an informative and enlightening documentary,” Tolkoff said.

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