HAYS, KS -- Students in the Western Kansas String Academy will perform a spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the campus of Fort Hays State University.
The group's four youth orchestras -- ranging from beginner to advanced -- and chamber ensembles will perform short works by Bach, Strauss, Grainger, Holst, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, and other composers. In addition, Matt Means, assistant professor of music at FHSU, Lianne Kitzis, Shelly Wolf, and Shawn Demuth, the academy's artist faculty, will give solo performances.
" This concert is the culmination of a tremendous first year's work," said Means, who is academy director. "Our students have been wonderful, spending their Saturday mornings rehearsing, performing, learning, and loving music. It has been a very exciting year for us, and we're looking forward to sharing our efforts with the public."
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Western Kansas String Academy is a community music institute hosted by the FHSU Music Department for string students, kindergarten through adult. The 40 students from 11 different communities around the region meet every Saturday morning to rehearse in orchestras, play chamber music, attend music history and theory classes, and take private lessons. Groups, classes, and lessons are led by FHSU faculty, FHSU music students, and community musicians.
The program is sponsored in part by a grassroots grant from the Kansas Arts Commission.
For additional information about the performance or the String Academy, contact Means at (785) 628-5327, or visit the group's Web site at www.fhsu.edu/wksa