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Guild marks 100 years with Sept. 28 opener

By DAWNE LEIKER

Special to The Hays Daily News

Celebrating its 100th year, the Hays Symphony Guild is looking forward to a season that brings its rich history full circle.

"It promises to be an exciting year," said Hays Symphony Guild president Terry Crull.

The season will start Sept. 28 at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus and feature an original commissioned composition, "Hays, America," by Jeffrey Bishop of Kansas City.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, the symphony's string ensemble will perform at First Presbyterian Church, 29th and Hall.

The Young Artist Competition, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Beach/Schmidt, will feature non-pianists.

Wrapping up the season will be the masterwork concert at 2:30 p.m. May 4 at Beach/Schmidt.

The guild provides financial support for the community-based orchestra, which ranges in size from 30 to 60 members.

"Even though many Fort Hays students and faculty play in the orchestra, it's really a community ensemble," Crull said.

Those who wish to support the guild should do so independently of the funds they provide the FHSU department of music and theater," Crull said.

"Both need a lot of financial support, especially in this day and age," he said.

For information about joining the guild, call Crull at (785) 628-4258 or send contributions to Hays Symphony Guild, P.O. Box 1591, Hays, KS 67601.