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Concerto contest kicks off piano festival  

Eleven contestants participated in a competition Wednesday that marked the first day of the second annual Pittsburg Piano Festival, three of whom will perform with the SEK orchestra Friday night.   Sponsored by the Treble Clef Club, the Pittsburg Piano Festival celebrates talent from the elementary to professional level. The competition …

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Area youth take a nature trip

Area youth received a break from the long, hot days of summer through the Nature Reach Summer Day Camp. The camp is hosted annually by Pittsburg State University’s Biology Department, this year June 25-29 at the PSU Nature History Reserve, located southwest of Pittsburg.  The nature camp is designed to provide children with an introduction to biology and environmental studies through the use of hands-on activities. Children …

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PSU grad for Mrs. United States, adoption advocate

Samantha Reinecke, native of Chanute, Kansas, attended Pittsburg State University and graduated not once, but three times, won the Mrs. Midwest title, and is now to compete in the Mrs. United States competition.   “I just loved my experience there so much and I felt like I got an amazing education, so when I decided to pursue my …

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Concert creates colorful combinations

Four musical combinations came together Thursday, Jun 21 for the Kaleidoscope of Styles concert as part of the ongoing 2018 Chamber Music Festival to create an array of music. The concert featured instrumentalists from wind to brass to strings played by experienced students and teachers.  A wind quintet comprised of Denissa Rivas …

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Bicknell features outdoor jazz

The Bicknell front lawn became stage for the Summer Kicks Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Kehle, Wednesday, June 20, as part of the 2018 Chamber Music Festival.  “I’m just up here waving my hands,” Kehle said. “They play real good and they make me feel so good.”  The Summer Kicks Jazz band is a recurring feature in the Pittsburg Chamber Music …

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Eight Seasons blow away the audience on Bicknell Stage

The Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall received a taste of music both classical and contemporary during the Eight Seasons concert, hosted by the PSU department of music.  Directed by Raul Munguía, professor of violin and director of orchestra, the concert featured the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi back-to-back with the Four Seasons of Buenos …

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Blues showcased at Colonial Fox Theatre 

Pittsburg State University and the Colonial Fox Foundation teamed together for the finale of the 2018 Pittsburg Chamber Music Festival Saturday, June 23, featuring the Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues Ensemble. The concert was held at the Colonial Fox Theatre in downtown Pittsburg.  The Chamber Music Festival has become a summer tradition, brought together through a collaboration between Pitt State, the PSU Music Department, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation, the …

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Art Fest reveals bench masterpieces

Since 2013, the Pittsburg community has received yearly displays of everything from coal buckets to fiberglass pigs painted to represent the spirit of southeast Kansas. This is in part thanks to the Southeast Kansas Art Festival (SEK Art Fest).  The most recent pieces added were in 2016, but the Bicknell …

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Hite named UPD director

After former director of the university police department Mike McCracken announced his retirement in March, it was up in the air about his replacement. Monday, June 18, the new director, Stu Hite, started in McCracken’s position, though this is not his first time with the Pitt State police department.  Hite …

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