The Hays Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Strauss, Mozart, Bartok, Saint-Saens and Massenet at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.
Dr. Daniel Delisi, conductor and an associate professor of music at FHSU, will introduce the concert with a talk beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Delisi said the program has a variety of music, including "the warm and nostalgic 'Artist's Life' Waltz by the 'Waltz King' Johann Strauss Jr.
" Mozart's energetic and elegant 'Linz' Symphony will be contrasted with the quirky 'Rumanian Folk Dances' that Bartok based on actual folk music from that country," said Delisi.
Guest violinist Ron Francois, from Colorado, will perform the dance-like "Havanaise" by Saint-Saens, and the deeply moving "Meditation from Thais" by Massenet.
The Hays Symphony is a community/university orchestra with FHSU students, faculty, and community members from Hays and surrounding towns among its players. Many of the students in the orchestra are supported by scholarships provided by the Hays Symphony Guild, a nonprofit group of volunteers who support the Hays Symphony Orchestra through fund raising and scholarships.
Delisi has conducted the orchestra for the past 10 years.
For the final concert of the season on May 1, the orchestra will combine with the FHSU choirs for the monumental "St. Matthew Passion" by Bach.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students (13-18) and seniors (55 and older). Children up to age 12 and FHSU students, with student ID) are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door.
For more information contact the FHSU Music Department at (785) 628-4533.