Cottonwood Festival raises money for FHSU Music Department

Several chamber musicians from around the country will perform classical music at the Cottonwood Festival April 6-9, 2009, at Fort Hays State University. The festival, which raises money for the FHSU Music Department, will include classes and concerts for students and the public.

An open rehearsal will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 6, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, where the public can watch the ensemble rehearse for its concert. The Cottonwood Sampler, which includes excerpts and discussions of the works that will be played at the concert, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, in the gallery of the Hays Public Library.

The main attraction is The Cottonwood Project Concert, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. A reception for patron ticket holders after the concert will be in Stouffer Lounge, Memorial Union.

Several visiting musicians will be performing, including Johanna Beaver, Cheryl Benedict and Tali Morgulis. Local players Benjamin Morris-Cline, chair of the Music Department, and Matt Means, assistant professor of music, will join them. Performances include W.A. Mozart's "Piano Quartet No. 1 in G. Minor" and Robert Schumann's "Piano Quintet in E-flat major."

Tickets for the final concert are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $20 for patrons. Patron tickets include admission to the concert and reception and name recognition in the program. The deadline for Patron Tickets is Wednesday, April 1. For more information, contact Dr. Kristin Pisano, assistant professor of music, at (785) 628-4294 or

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