HAYS, Kan. -- From marching band and faculty recitals to
orchestra and theatre productions, the 2012-2013 Fort Hays State University
music season has a little something for everyone.
It will also be the Hays Symphony Orchestra's 99th season of
Music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and many more composers will
be featured as well as performances by visiting guest soloists. Benjamin Cline,
assistant professor of music and theatre and chair of the department, will
Preparations are also underway for the centennial celebration
of the orchestra in 2013-2014.
"The Hays Symphony is a cultural jewel in western
Kansas," said Cline. "Community members come together with FHSU
students and faculty to have fun and bring music to a community miles from
All HSO performances, except where otherwise noted, are at
7:30 p.m. in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the
The first musical event of the 2012-2013 season will be at
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, with a faculty recital featuring assistant
professors Benjamin Cline on the cello and Dr. Irena Ravitskaya on piano in
Palmer Recital Hall located in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.
The orchestra's first concert is "A Night at the Movies"
at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts
"Mostly Mozart," showcasing the works of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, is Saturday, Oct. 27. Featured pieces include "Violin
Concerto No. 5" and "Symphony No. 29." Denise Blehm, concertmaster
of the Salina Symphony, will be the featured violinist.
The eighth annual Young Artist Piano Competition, featuring
the HSO Young Artist finalists, will be Saturday, Feb. 2. First place receives
the HSO Young Artists' Prize of $1,000. Second place is awarded $600, and third
All pianists age 29 and under at the time of the final round
of the competition are eligible. Previous finalists are not allowed.
On Friday, March 8, FHSU Opera will present "Marriage
of Figaro" at Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall. Mozart's opera recounts
a single day of madness in a palace near Seville, Spain. The second showing is
at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
"Masterworks," the last concert in the orchestra's
season, is Saturday, May 4. Ravitskaya will perform on the piano. The concert
play list includes ""Piano Concerto No. 2" by Sergei
Rachmaninoff and "Solemn Vespers" by Mozart.
Visit http://www.fhsu.edu/music-and-theatre/calender/ or the
Hays Symphony Orchestra Facebook page for the most up-to-date concert
For more information about the concert series or to purchase
tickets, call the Hays Symphony Orchestra box office at 785-628-4226 or
purchase tickets at the door 30 minutes prior to a performance.
With 150 students from every academic discipline, the Tiger
Marching Band has a long tradition of service to FHSU. All members earn a
stipend that increases each year.
On Monday, Oct. 29, the Tiger Marching Band will host the
High Plains Marching Festival for high school marching bands to showcase the
hard work they have put in all season. A wide variety of band sizes and school
classifications will be featured.
For more information and to apply online visit
Additional scheduled musical events for the academic year:
Faculty Recital: Hilary Shepard, flute, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20,
Palmer Recital Hall, Malloy Hall.
FHSU Music Theatre: "Curtains," 7:30 p.m. Oct.
3-5, Felten-Start Theatre, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Felten-Start. These events are
not part of the regular concert series and require a separate ticket for
admission. For information, call the Department of Music at 785-628-4533 or
visit the website, www.fhsu.edu/music.
Faculty Showcase Recital: FHSU Department of Music Faculty,
7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Band and Choir Concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19,
Faculty Recital: Ivalah Allen, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28,
FHSU Small Ensembles Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5,
FHSU Jazz Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Music Theatre: "Almost Maine," 7:30 p.m. Nov.
15-17, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Felten-Start Theatre.
Faculty Recital: Kristin Pisano, clarinet, Irena Ravitskaya,
piano, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Palmer Recital Hall.
Madrigal Feaste: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday,
Dec. 1, Memorial Union.
FHSU Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Cathedral Concert: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, St.
Fidelis Cathedral, Victoria.
Faculty Recital: Brad Dawson, trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8,
FHSU Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Choir Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 12, Beach/Schmidt.
Faculty Recital: Matt Means, violin, Irena Ravitskaya,
piano, 7:30 p.m. March 13, Palmer Recital Hall.
FHSU Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 14, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Jazz Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 11, Beach/Schmidt.
Faculty Recital: Lane Weaver, trombone, Irena Ravitskaya,
piano, 7:30 p.m. April 12, Palmer Recital Hall.
FHSU Small Ensembles Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 15,
FHSU Music Theatre: "The Glass Menagerie," 7:30
p.m. May 2-5, Felten-Start Theatre.
Spectrum Composition Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 7,
FHSU Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 10, Beach/Schmidt.
FHSU Music Theatre: "Director's Showcase," 7:30
p.m. May 10-11, Felten-Start.
For information on ticket prices, visit www.fhsu.edu/music-and-theatre
or call 785-628-4533.