Former professor to perform benefit concert

Retired Fort Hays State University music professor and pianist Brynell Figler is performing the benefit concert "New Wine in Old Bottles" for the Hays Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus.

" The first half of the program features composers writing new music using an older musical form -- such as the French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel composing a minuet, a very old-fashioned musical style in his day," Figler said.

In addition to Ravel's "Menuets," the program includes selections from Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos, Menotti's "Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from The Old Maid and the Thief," Chopin's "Barcarolle," op. 60, and Schubert's "Sonata in A major," D. 959. Figler plans to intersperse the music with "comments and musings."

Figler, who has recently performed the program in California, will take it from Hays to Kansas City and to Oxford, England, in March.

Proceeds from the Hays performance will help fund orchestra scholarships for FHSU students as well as other Hays Symphony Orchestra activities. The symphony, which is comprised of FHSU students, faculty and community members, performs four regular concerts a year, including a children's concert, and hosting the Young Artists Concerto Competition.

Tickets are $5 for seniors and children 13-18 and $8 for adults. FHSU students and children under 13 are admitted free.

Additional donations are welcome and will support the Hays Symphony Orchestra.

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