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Barton recital, concert will be online only
Barton band file
The Barton Concert Band plays at the “Autumn Arts” concert in October.

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, Barton Community College’s upcoming music recital and the instrumental music department’s concert, “A Musical Journey Through Time,” will be closed to in-person viewing and will be live-stream only.

The recital can be viewed and heard at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, and the concert, which was originally scheduled for two performances, will be limited to one performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Both will be live-streamed only at and They are free and the public is encouraged to view the performances.


Student recital

Barton voice instructor Jessica Perez works with Barton’s vocal students of varied backgrounds and styles of literature. Barton vocalists are Taryn Robl of Ellinwood, Da’Vontai Robinson of Junction City, Erin Cox of Lyons, Alicia Silva Paez of Lyons, Caden Donnenwerth of Pratt and Kaitlyn Pohlman of Ellinwood. 

Keyboard instructor Karole Erikson works with piano and organ students. Her performing students will be Malachi Williams of Great Bend, Robert Brining of Great Bend, Sidney Cooper of Great Bend, and Great Bend High School students McKenna Cape and August Siefkes.  

Director of Instrumental Studies Dr. Luis Palacios works with instrumentalists. His performing students will be Malachi Williams of Great Bend, Corrie Upson of Larned, Logan Hammeke of Great Bend, Brook Degenhardt of Ellinwood, Juan Salinas of Ogden, Faith Whited of Garden City, and home-schooled high schooler Jossie Riddle of Great Bend.  

For more information, contact Karole Erikson at or 620-792-9289. 

“A Musical Journey Through Time”

The concert will feature iconic instrumental music from across multiple decades! This year’s experience will feature the Barton Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Barton’s new Rock Band performing some of the most well-known music from western history.

Director of Instrumental Activities Dr. Luis Palacios is excited to present this one-of-a-kind experience to Barton County.

“The audience should be prepared to experience this music like never before,” he said. “We are so fortunate to have been able to borrow a time machine so our audience can experience a musical journey and meet artists from several different decades.”

Dr. Palacios said the arts have a special place in society. This event will include music, fine art, theater, and dance for an entertaining night the whole family can enjoy.  

“The students and community members performing are excited to bring together several generations of wonderful music and are looking forward to breaking the laws of physics as we travel through time for an unforgettable evening of fun,” he said.

For more information, contact Dr. Palacios at or 620-792-9396.