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Fort Hays State University Department of Music to offer many upcoming performances
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Much music remains to be heard during the spring semester for Fort Hays State University’s Department of Music and Theatre, including a variety of concerts, recitals and theatre productions.
Ben Cline, chair of and an associate professor in the Department of Music and Theatre, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2900 Hall. Cline will play “Works for Solo Cello” by J.S. Bach and a new selection, “Solo Cello and Electronics,” composed by FHSU’s Dr. Timothy Rolls, assistant professor of music and theatre.
FHSU Theatre will perform “Harvey” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, March 6-8, in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall. A matinee will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Felten-Start. A comedy by Mary Chase, “Harvey,” is about a mythical creature called a “pooka,” which is invisible to everybody except for one person, Elwood P. Dowd, who sees the pooka as a six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Dowd’s sister, Veta, is understandably embarrassed by his behavior and aims to have him committed in a mental institution.
The FHSU Concert Choir, Fort Hays Singers and a guest choir, the Hays USD 489 Boys Choir, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The choirs will sing selections requested by the community such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by G. Martin and “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables.” Then, the Fort Hays Singers will perform an all-jazz program with songs like “Snap To It!,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Something Special,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Walk a Mile.”
FHSU Bands, conducted by Dr. Jeff Jordan, associate professor, will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Beach/Schmidt. Selections include music by Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Arnold and Vizzutti. Guest artist Allen Vizzutti will also play trumpet.
Kay Werth, instructor of music and theatre, will hold a “double reeds weekend” including concerts and master classes from Friday to Saturday, March 28-29.
The FHSU percussion ensemble concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Beach/Schmidt.
The FHSU spring jazz concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Beach/Schmidt.
The next day, Friday, April 11, a faculty recital featuring Dr. Lane Weaver, assistant professor, on trombone, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Hall in Malloy Hall. Dr. Irena Ravitskaya, assistant professor, will accompany on piano.
The FHSU opera will perform two showings of “The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti, one at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Felten-Start Theatre and the other at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Felten-Start. The opera tells the story of two young people unable to come to terms with their mutual attraction for one another. Then Dr. Dulcamara arrives on the scene with a “magic” love potion, which, instead of solving the problems causes many more. “The Elixir of Love” is described as a “frothy and tuneful opera.”   
The Small Ensembles Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Beach/Schmidt.
A faculty recital featuring Matt Means, assistant professor, on violin will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Palmer Hall. Means will play selections by Beethoven and Brahms.
The Masterworks Concert will feature the FHSU choirs and the Hays Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Beach/Schmidt. The orchestra will play “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky and the choirs will sing an 8-movement, unaccompanied piece called “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Randall Thompson.
The Spectrum Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in Beach/Schmidt. The concert will feature a performance of compositions by FHSU students and faculty.
Ending the spring concert season, FHSU bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Beach/Schmidt.
Season tickets for the remaining theatre season are $50 for the public, $30 for senior citizens and $25 for FHSU students with valid ID. Tickets for individual theatre performances are $15 for the public and $10 for senior citizens and FHSU students with valid ID.
Concert and recital tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students 12 and over, and free for children 11 and under and FHSU students.
To purchase tickets ahead of time, contact the Department of Music and Theatre at 785-628-4533. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.