The South Kansas Symphony at Southwestern College is back for the 2021-22 season.

Additional instrumentalists are invited to join.

The orchestra typically is a combination of collegiate players, community members and high school students. Many musicians come from the Winfield and Arkansas City area, but others also come from as far as Wichita.

South Kansas Symphony conductor Amber Peterson is looking forward to the upcoming season.

“We have an exciting season planned, with featured soloists Sophie Deng (2021 SKS Concerto Competition Junior Division winner), Joshua Robinson (assistant professor of musical theatre at Southwestern), Chelley Graves (strings professor at Butler Community College) and Elizabeth Kuefler Wallace (Wichita-area Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher), as well as collaborations with Butler Community College, the El Dorado High School Orchestra, and other area high school programs,” Peterson said.

Also new this season is a collaboration between the symphony and Southwestern’s Community Music School. Peterson will teach four pre-college string ensembles: eStyles (eighth-12th grade), Camerata (ninth-12th grade), String Builders (fourth-seventh grade beginners), and Williams String Quartet Jr. (ninth-12th grade).

High school band and orchestra students can also play with the symphony by auditioning for the new SKS Apprentices program.

Membership in these ensembles includes free attendance at workshops, tickets to SKS concerts and discounts for the college’s Honor Orchestra Festival and Summer Music Festival.

“The South Kansas Symphony strives to provide musical memories for our audience with a variety of music for all ages,” Peterson said. “However, in order to accomplish this, we rely on ticket sales and donations. Individual and business donors at any level are appreciated and recognized throughout the season. Donations at the Virtuoso, Maestro and Concert Sponsor level receive one to two season tickets. Business donors can also have advertisements of varying sizes in the season’s concert programs when at the Concert Master, Virtuoso, Maestro and Concert Sponsor level.

Performances scheduled for the upcoming season include:

• String Builders Debut — at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Messenger Recital Hall;

• La Celebración (Halloween Pops Concert) — at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in Richardson Performing Arts Center;

• Kaleidoscope (SC Homecoming Fine Arts Showcase) — at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in RPAC;

• Winterfest — at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in RPAC;

• Pre-College String Ensembles Winter Concert — at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 in RPAC;

• Honor Orchestra Festival — at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in RPAC;

• Femme Musicale — at 3 p.m. March 6 in RPAC;

• Chamber Gala — at 3 p.m. March 27 at The Barns at Timber Creek;

• Belated — at 3 p.m. April 24 in RPAC;

• Pre-College String Ensembles Spring Concert — at 3 p.m. May 1 in RPAC.

Season tickets will be on sale this fall for patrons who want to purchase tickets at a discount and have reserved seating for most symphony and pre-college string ensemble concerts ($35 for adults and $15 for children 5-18.

Most South Kansas Symphony concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for children, with the exception of free concerts and the Chamber Gala fundraising event ($40 per person).

The two main pre-college string ensemble concerts are $5 for adults and $2 for children (5-18).

To reserve season tickets, call the Southwestern performing arts office (620) 229-6272 after Aug. 19 or return the season ticket form that will be available in September.

For more information about the SKS, Community Music School, donations or the four pre-college string ensembles, email Amber Peterson at amber.peterson@sckans.edu or the Community Music School at cms@sckans.edu.

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