High School Honors Orchestra to perform at FHSU

The high school Honors Orchestra concert -- the culminating event of a two-day festival of music instruction and rehearsal at Fort Hays State University -- is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus. Admission is free.

About 60 high school musicians from across Kansas attend the festival each year. This year the festival was expanded to two days to allow the high school students to see a Hays Symphony Orchestra concert.

Ben Morris-Cline, chair of the FHSU 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.

The high school 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.

The high school concert comes the day after the Hays Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the spring semester, which will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Beach/Schmidt.

The 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 for the Hays Symphony Orchestra concert is $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. FHSU students with Tiger Card are admitted free.

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