The Fort Hays State University Wind Ensemble and Choirs will perform its opening concert of the year, titled “Friends and Influences,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The Fort Hays Concert Choir and Fort Hays Singers, conducted by Terry Crull, will open the performance with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer whose influence has touched virtually all musicians for the past two and a half centuries.

The FHSU Wind Ensemble will open the second half of the concert under the baton of Jeff Jordan. This portion of the concert will remain in keeping with the “friends and influences” theme, though on a more specific and personal level. Music of David Holsinger, Clifton Williams, Percy Grainger and Vincent Persichetti will be featured along with a special work by Jordan’s friend and mentor Jack Stamp titled Canticle. The ensemble will dedicate the performance of the piece to the memory of Gary Brattin, FHSU director of athletic bands from 2006 to 2008. The concert will close with James Barnes’ festive “Centennial Celebration Overture.”

Students are admitted free with their Tiger Card, and other tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; and free for children 12 and younger.