Parents and children interested in learning about string instruments are invited to attend String Fest, a half-day open house to experiment hands-on with a variety of string instruments -- violin, viola, cello and bass.
This exciting event is sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Western Kansas String Academy on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Palmer Recital Hall in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.
The Western Kansas String Academy, a community music institute hosted by the FHSU Department of Music, offers Saturday morning orchestras, chamber ensembles, private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities for string players of all ages and abilities throughout the region. During its first year of operation, the academy presented six public concerts. More than 50 students from 12 communities were involved.
String Fest is available for youths of all ages and their parents. Morning activities include experience with a variety of string instruments and also feature instrumental demonstrations, orchestra tours and a music appreciation class.
String Fest admission is free. A picnic, which is also free, begins at noon. Registration is appreciated but is not required. For more information, contact Cathy Drabkin, WKSA acting director, online at www.fhsu.edu/wksa or by phone at (785) 623-4187.