Hays Public Library to host
'The Gypsy in Music'
10/05/07 jm Local
HAYS, Kan. -- "The Gypsy In Music," a free concert at the Hays Public Library this weekend, is a different kind of musical styling. It features traditional gypsy songs and music inspired by gypsies. Several songs have also been converted from piano and will be played on violin or cello.
"(It's the) first and only time you'll hear them performed this way," said Dr. Doug Drabkin, associate professor of philosophy at Fort Hays State University.
The concert starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Hays Public Library Gallery. Brynell Figler, an FHSU eremitus professor of music, and Amanda Pfenninger will be on piano. Cathy Drabkin, director of the Western Kansas String Academy, will play cello. Doug Drabkin, her husband, and their 15-year-old son, Ben, will play violin.
"People get together and make music. It's an ordinary part of life, and every now and then it spills over into public," said Doug Drabkin.
He said they enjoy performing at the library because it's an open place and people can feel comfortable there.
Selections include "Songs My Mother Taught Me," by Antonin Dvorak, "Hungarian Rhapsody," by Franz Liszt, and music from Johannes Brahms. Ben Drabkin will also play a flashy violin piece with accompaniment, said his father.
Doug Drabkin said the players enjoy getting together. It is like an earlier time, he said, when people would invite others into their homes to listen to someone play the piano.
"In a way, we're keeping up a tradition of amateur music," he said. "This is what happens to people who take lessons and don't quit."
Throughout the informal performance, Figler will chat about some of the songs. Snacks will also be available.
For more information on this special event, call the Hays Public Library at 625-9014.