Hays Symphony Orchestra Concert to coincide with high school festival

The Hays Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the spring semester at Fort Hays State University has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus.

The concert is in conjunction with a festival featuring FHSU's High School Honors Orchestra, which is made up of an average of 60 high school students from across the state.  

This year the festival has been expanded to two days to allow the high school students to see the Hays Symphony Orchestra perform.

Ben Morris-Cline, chair of the Department of Music, said the festival is a way to get the students on campus and enable them to see the program in hopes of generating a sense of excitement and commitment to attend FHSU.

"It's a recruiting tool really," Morris-Cline said. "The thought is that when they actually get to hear that orchestra, that generates excitement for them."

The Hays Symphony concert will include pieces by Michael Daugherty, conducted by Dr. Jeff Jordan, assistant professor of music; Antonio Vivaldi, performed without a conductor; Gioachio Rossini, conducted by Morris-Cline; and Mozart, conducted by Morris-Cline.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. FHSU students with their Tiger Card are admitted free.

The FHSU Honors Orchestra's performance will include "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber; "Violin Concerto in G-major" by Joseph Haydn; a solo by Matt Means, assistant professor of music; and "Symphony No. 5" by Beethoven. Admission is free.

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