Plans for the 2006-2007 musical season at Fort Hays State University are even bigger and more elaborate than for the 2005-2006 year, according to Matt Means, interim chair of the Department of Music.
Last year's season had 33 percent more performances and events than ever before, he said.
"Patrons of the Music Department can expect to see events both familiar and new," said Means.
"Familiar events" include first-class recitals by internationally acclaimed faculty: Kay Werth, instructor, woodwinds; Dr. Kristin Pisano, instructor, clarinet; Means, violin; Ben Morris-Cline, instructor, cello; Dr. Paula Boire, professor, voice; Joe Perniciaro, instructor, voice; Brad Dawson, assistant professor, trumpet; and Dr. Tali Morgulis, instructor, piano. Special guest artist recitals will be added as the year progresses.
Tickets for faculty recitals will be $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for FHSU students with their Tiger Cards.
Ensembles will continue to offer a diversity of music. The choral program, headed by Terry Crull, instructor, will offer two concerts this year, as will FHSU bands, led by Dr. Jeff Jordan, assisant professor, and Gary Brattin, assistant professor. The jazz program, led by Dawson, will also perform in the concerts. Tickets for these performances will be $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for FHSU students with their Tiger Cards.
A special Department of Music tradition, the annual holiday Cathedral Concert at Victoria's St. Fidelis Church, will include two performances this year, both on Dec. 10. Admission is free to the public,
The Hays Symphony Orchestra, under Jordan, will offer four concerts and a children's concert. The November HSO concert will showcase three finalists in the Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. The first Hays Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2006 accademic year will be on Oct. 15.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens. FHSU students get in free with their Tiger Cards.
The opera studies program, led by Perniciaro, will build upon the success of last year's production, "Dido and Aeneas," with a January performance. Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for senior citizens. This year's opera is yet to be named.
In addition, opera scenes will be performed in the Performing Arts GALA on Feb. 3, 2007. GALA is produced in conjunction with the American Democracy Project. Admission is $10.
A new group at FHSU, Spectrum, will give two concerts this year, one in November and the another in May. Spectrum, inspired and led by Dr. Tim Crowley, professor of music, is an ensemble dedicated solely to contemporary music. Tickets for adults are $6, senior citizen tickets are $4 and FHSU students get in free with their Tiger Cards.
The department's many small ensembles, ranging from saxophone quartets to a chamber orchestra, will be showcased in two small ensembles concerts. Admission for these two performances will be $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for FHSU students with their Tiger Cards.
The fall musical, produced with the Department of Communication Studies, will involve FHSU musicians in a performance of "Kiss Me, Kate" during Homecoming, Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1-8. Tickets will be $10 for the public and $8 for FHSU students.
The course of the academic year also includes student degree recitals, which are free. The public is encouraged to come at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons to Palmer Hall in Malloy Hall. These recitals begin Thursday September 21 and will continue on every Thursday thereafter until the end of the semester.
"They feature students performing in a smorgasbord fashion, usually with five to 10 different students performing at each recital," said Means. "It is a great way to witness our students' talent free of charge and in a format that offers great diversity."
Tickets for any of the events hosted by the Department of Music can be purchased at the ticket booth in Malloy Hall. Season tickets can be purchased for $125 in Malloy Hall, room 137.
The concert schedule is on the Web site at www.fhsu.edu/music