Hays' 2004-2005 concert season begins Sunday, Oct. 24, with the first performance of the Hays Symphony Orchestra. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus.
Conductor Dr. Daniel Delisi, associate professor of music, will introduce the concert with a presentation beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the composers and music to be performed.
The orchestra will perform Mozart's "Overture to the Marriage of Figaro," a suite of melodies from Bizet's "Carmen," and the "Piano Concerto in A Minor" by Robert Schumann.
This music will all be familiar to most people, even if they aren't regular classical concert-goers, said Delisi.
" The Mozart is filled with a bustling energy," he said. "Bizet's melodies are filled with emotion and orchestral color, and include the famous 'Toreador Song.' The piano concerto by Schumann is filled with drama and is a virtuoso showpiece for the piano soloist."
The soloist for the piano concerto is Dr. Junghwa Lee, assistant professor of music at FHSU. Delisi said she is a dynamic young pianist who performs frequently with orchestras, in chamber music recitals, and on solo recitals.
Membership of the Hays Symphony Orchestra includes FHSU students, faculty, and community members from Hays and the surrounding area.
Violin virtuoso Matt Means, assistant professor of music, is concertmaster of the orchestra. He teaches violin at FHSU and performs with orchestras around the country, including a just-completed week as substitute concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony, said Delisi.
The Hays Symphony Orchestra is in its 10th year under Delisi's direction.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (785) 628-4533. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for high school and younger students and senior citizens. FHSU students are admitted free with student ID.