KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR sullivankw@unk.edu

“Flutes at the Frank House” returns for a performance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the mansion located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus.

UNK Flute Lecturer Franziska Nabb’s students have been performing at the Frank House for the past five years. UNK flutists began playing at the Frank House when the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall had no open dates, and the group needed a performance space.

Nabb said that once they started using the Frank House, it was just too hard to give up. “It is much more friendly and warm than the big space of the recital hall,” Nabb said.

“The acoustics are wonderful, the atmosphere is more relaxing and soothing to the students’ minds,” Nabb said. “It is as if one performs in a living room, the way music was performed during much of the period of the students’ selected pieces.”

Frank House Architect George William Frank was also a musician. He designed rooms on the first floor with coved ceilings in the library and drawing rooms, and coffered ceilings in the grand hall, making the rooms acoustically sound, said KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director, adding that “…performing in the Frank House is a wonderful experience for both performer and audience.”

Flutists performing for “Flutes at the Frank House” include: Chris Gugel, Amherst; Tori Klaus,Bennington; Kelsey Foster, Broken Bow; Brooke Harris, Dickens; Jusy Hemmett, Grand Island; Judy Schrock, Holdrege; Kari Anderson, Katherine Berke, Sarah Cole, Daniel Gibbs, Ashley Jeffs and Jacinda Uden, all of Kearney; Julie Gates, McCook; Amanda Muller, Newcastle; Barbara Lloyd, North Platte; Katie Trygg, Omaha; and Daisuke Yamaguchi, Japan.

While “Flutes at the Frank House” is free and open to the public, KrisAnn Sullivan, director of the Frank House, noted: “Donations helped refurbish the master bed chamber area and will be put to good use as we begin the other planned improvement projects in the Frank House. Saturday at the Frank House educational program volunteers help make the public aware of the needs of the house and the public responds. Donations are always appreciated in support of the Frank House.”

Upcoming Saturdays at the Frank House include: Dec. 3, “The Studio 237 Barbershop Quartet”; Dec. 10, “Loper Low Brass”; and Dec. 17, “Happy Holiday Tours.” For more information, visit:www.frankhouse.org.