Gold Orchestra celebrates 25 years

By Ben Hopper

For the past 25 years, the Gold Orchestra has been entertaining Flint Hills folks and audiences around the world.

K-State music professor David Littrell started the orchestra to give young string musicians an opportunity to perform and gain a love for classical music.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Gold Orchestra will be offering a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McCain Auditorium.

Gov. Sam Brownback has even signed a proclamation making today as Gold Orchestra Day in the state of Kansas.

Admission to the concert is free and the public is invited. The Silver Orchestra is also performing.

More talented musicians will also be taking the stage this weekend. The Manhattan Arts Center’s BirdHouse Acoustic Music Series presents bluegrass artists Nora Jane Struthers and the Partyline.

These Americana musicians, who recently won first place at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, blends Struthers’ traditional harmonies with the Party Line’s roots-rock spin to create a sound that’s been compared to Alison Krauss meets Mumford & Sons.

This concert, sponsored by Bayer Construction Company Inc., is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

There is also art play/date night for kids during the BirdHouse performances.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 785-537-4420.

Here’s a look at other area events:



Manhattan Arts Center’s Wrap It Up exhibit and sale, noon-5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Features unique, locally-produced artwork.


ARTSmart! Classes presents Media Madness: Paint, 4 p.m. for school age children. Class for ages 4-5 p.m. is 10:30 p.m. Friday. Call (785) 532-7718 or email for reservations.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 per child for Friends of the Beach Museum members. Beach Muesum of Art.


Aaron Lewis, 7 p.m. For tickets, visit Wareham.


Tod Kerstetter, Clarinet. 7:30 p.m. Kirmser Hall in McCain.  


K-State On The Spot Improv Show: White Trash Thanksgiving, 8 p.m. Student Union Little Theatre.




Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m. Sunset Zoo staff present animal-themed stories and share animal artifacts from the zoo. Some programs include a live animal as well. 

Monthly book give-away sponsored by Claflin Books. Families who attend can be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership. Public Library.


A pop-up gallery show, Hidden Layers, 6 to 9 p.m., will feature work from local artist Phyllis Pease and photographer Rod Mikinski.

The works will include photographic prints and images on textiles, all with a connection to the Southwest.

The show take place in the main-floor retail space at the Strasser Village apartment building, 210 N. Fourth St.


It’s a Dog Party, 2 p.m. Meet some therapy dogs from the Read with Dogs program and enjoy stories, crafts and more. Public Library.


The Draper Family Band, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




K-State Football vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m. Bill Synder Family Stadium.


Manhattan Arts Center and MACademy youth theatre presents “The Drum Safarion,” 4 p.m.

This interactive drumming performance introduces animals whose rhythmic names combine with the drumming for a show that’s sure to entertain all ages. For tickets and more information, contact the MAC.


C.L. Hoover Opera House presents Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductees King Midas and the Muflers, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 military and seniors, $15 for students under 18. For tickets, visit C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.


The Rob Northcutt Band, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.





Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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