HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University associate professor of music Dr. Dan Delisi has a busy season ahead of him. Along with his teaching responsibilities and departmental concerts, Delisi is directing the Hays Symphony Orchestra for another season.
The orchestra has been invited to the Kansas Music Education Association's state music convention in Wichita to collaborate with other music educators from across the state. Orchestras are only permitted to attend every other year and competition is stiff, but this is the second time in three years that the Hays Symphony Orchestra has passed auditions and been invited.
Under Delisi's direction now for seven years, the orchestra consists of FHSU faculty and students alongside community players and talented area high school students.
This collection of musical talent will combine to perform its second annual Children's Concert. This concert, on Nov. 28, is an invitational affair and is not open to the public at large.
Four other concerts, however, are planned for the season. These concerts will be held at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, each beginning at 3 p.m., with tickets available at the door. Tickets are free for FHSU students and children 12 and under, $4 for high school students and $6 for adults.
"Classical Elegance" will be performed on Oct. 7 and will feature works from Suppe, Haydn and Mozart. Dr. Junghwa Lee, assistant professor of music, will be featured on the piano in the Mozart selection, the "Piano Concert No. 20 in D Minor."
"Holiday Joy" will be performed on Dec. 2. and will feature works from Anderson, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet, Rossini, Strauss and Weber. Kristin Pisano, instructor of music, will be the featured clarinetist in Weber's "Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra."
"Old and New" will be performed on March 10 and will feature works from Crowley, Mozart, Sarasate and Schoenberg. Dr. Ferenc Cseszko, assistant professor of music, will be featured in Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy." Schoenberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw" will feature the men of the FHSU Concert Choir and the Fort Hays Singers.
"Choral Glory," the final concert, will be May 5 and will feature the FHSU choirs and the Hays Community Choir, under the direction of Dr Rager Moore II, assistant professor of music, in a performance of Brahm's "Requiem."