Nov 21, 2021

Hays Symphony's 'A Holiday Pops Concert' set for Dec. 4

Posted Nov 21, 2021 11:30 AM
Dr. Brian Buckstead
Dr. Brian Buckstead

Featuring selections from holiday favorites

News release

Get in the mood for the most wonderful season of all when the Hays Symphony presents a light program of Christmas favorites on Saturday, Dec. , 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Hays State University Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Brian Buckstead, assistant professor of violin and viola at FHSU.

The program features: Anderson’s Sleigh Ride; Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture; Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas; Holcombe’s Festive Sounds of Hanukah; Krogstad’s The Bells of Christmas and Christmas at the Movies; Mozart’s Sleigh Ride; and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Sleigh Ride is one of the most recognizable festive works when the orchestra takes us on a ride with jingling sleigh bells, whip cracks, and a neighing horse. Both A Charlie Brown Christmas and Christmas at the Movies will remind listeners of family time gathered around the television for those holiday specials. And the magical Nutcracker Suite transports us to a world of sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, and a Russian folk dance.

Audience members are invited to attend a post-concert reception, sponsored by Insurance Planning Inc. 

All Hays Symphony concerts are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance on the symphony’s web site. Tickets may also be picked up in advance at the Hays Convention Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Hays Development Corp., or at the symphony table in the lobby 30 minutes before the performance