The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony will offer its Winter Classics Concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Newton High School Auditorium. Thomas W. Douglas leads the orchestra, with winners of the 11th Annual Young Soloist Competition performing.
The Young Soloist Competition winners who will perform are Benjamin Hopkins, a McPherson High school student, and Kaho Yanagidairo, a student at Bethel College. Hopkins, a student of Phil Black, will play the first movement of the “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson. Yanagidairo is featured on the “Clarinet Concerto No. 2” by Carl Maria von Weber. She studied previously with Jim Pisano, and currently studies with Joel Boettger.
The concert will pay tribute to the late Dwight Beckham Sr., trumpeter and composer, with a performance of his “Memorial Ode.” The program also includes Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” a popular standard of classical music. Portions of the program will be included in a concert for area fifth graders on Jan. 22, along with music from “Star Wars.”
Douglas completes his eighth season as NMKSO’s Music Director with the Winter Classics concert. He also has a longstanding position as music director of Music Theatre Wichita, and is on the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Douglas is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir, in Pittsburgh, PA and has been Guest conductor for the Edgewood (PA) Symphony, Pittsburgh (PA) Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Chorus and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
NMKSO’s 62 season will continue with a Spring Pops Concert, “Bravo Broadway,” on March 30, with guest conductors from NMKSO. The Summer Chamber Series returns to the indoor pavilion at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains on June 9, for a program of wind sextets. NMKSO will conclude its season with a special event, “Grace Notes,” on June 21 at Grace Hill Winery.
The Winter Classics Concert is sponsored by Midland Bank. Tickets are $15 at the door/$13 advance for adults, $7/6 for students; children 12and under are free with an adult. Advance purchase is available at Faith and Life Bookstore, the NMKSO office 120 W. Sixth St., and online at www.nmkso.org.