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Museum, symphony will collaborate for gala evening March 19

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In a spirit that celebrates “coming home,” Kauffman Museum and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra have planned cooperating programs for a gala afternoon and evening.

The museum’s spring fundraiser will follow the NMKSO’s spring pops concert, both March 19. You can attend one or the other without attending both, but tickets for both can be ordered through either organization, with a discount for the orchestra concert when you order tickets for both events.

Kauffman Museum’s Spring Gala will feature artist Gesine Janzen, who grew up in Kansas, graduated from Bethel College and is associate professor of printmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Janzen’s interactive, multi-media exhibit “Memory Matters” has been in the museum since last fall.

The NMKSO concert, “Facets of Memory,” starts at 4 p.m. March 19 in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. Thomas Douglas leads the orchestra in a performance that will feature guest composer Michael Knopf, who also has ties to Kansas.

Knopf’s eclectic guitar-playing career spans nearly four decades. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and emigrated to Australia in 1982.

A reception for Gesine Janzen starts at 5:30 p.m. at Kauffman Museum, just across the street from Memorial Hall, with music by Nova Deco, the violin duo of Nancy Johnson of Newton and Dominique Corbeil of Wichita.

At 6 p.m., Janzen will give a short illustrated talk about “Memory Matters.” In her presentation “Remembering,” Janzen will focus on the role memory has played in her artwork over the past 20 years.

Since her student days at Bethel College, she has used printmaking techniques to look back, recollect and evoke a sense of the past. Childhood memories, cultural history and metaphorical references all play a part in “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen.”

Following the talk, ticket holders will enjoy faspa – a light, elegant evening meal in the style of the German-Russian Mennonites, also meant to bring up images of days gone by – served family-style by lamplight among the museum’s permanent exhibits.

Tickets for the Kauffman Museum Spring Gala are $50 per person. Reservations must be made by March 13: by mail with payment to Kauffman Museum, 300 East 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117; by phone with a credit card at 316-283-1612; or online at (the “Buy Tickets Online” button under Upcoming Events/Spring Pops Concert).

Call Andi Schmidt Andres at the museum for more information, 316-283-1612, or e-mail

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