The Hays Symphony will present “Western Hemisphere,” its opening gala concert featuring works by 20th century American composers at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 25 at Fort Hays State University Beach / Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
The ensemble is under the direction of Brian Buckstead, assistant professor of violin and viola at FHSU.
The program includes “The Canyon” by Phillip Glass, “Mysterious Mountain (Symphony No. 2)” by Alan Hovhaness and “The Western Hemisphere (Symphony No. 5)” by William Grant Still.
Conductor Buckstead has programmed a musical evening that will take the audience on a wonderful journey inspired by the magnificent landscapes of our natural world.
“The Canyon” opens with a single height reflected on the instruments of the orchestra inviting the listener to imagine trays suspended above a canyon below. The opening theme of “Mysterious Mountain” leads the listener up the side of a mountain through magnificent ascending musical lines. “The Western Hemisphere Symphony” invites audiences to imagine through music the vigorous natural beauty, nervous energy and eclipsing spirit of kindness that we all experience in the Western Hemisphere.
A reception sponsored by the Downtown Hays Development Corporation will follow the concert.
All Hays Symphony concerts are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance on the symphony website. Tickets can also be picked up in advance at the Hays Convention Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Hays Development Corporation, or at the symphony table in the lobby 30 minutes before the show.