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GREEN IN THEM THAR’ HILLS: Symphony in the Flint Hills

Symphony in the Flint Hills this year features not only the live strains of the Kansas City Symphony echoing out over the verdant hills of Chase County, Kansas, but also the hickory twang of country superstar Lyle Lovett, who will sing a few tunes. Scheduled for June 12th with a rain date on June 13th, it’s an all-day experience that can include nature hikes, rides on horse-drawn covered wagons, dancing to old-time western music and presentations on prairie life. The Symphony performs a 90-minute concert beginning at 6:45 p.m., with a wide-ranging selection of music appropriate to the pastoral setting, conducted by associate conductor Steven Jarvi.

“Lyle Lovett shares our passion for the Tallgrass prairie,” says Emily Hunter, executive director of the Symphony in the Flint Hills. Lyle is a longtime friend of rancher Edward Bass, who is hosting this year’s event on his South Clements Pasture seven miles south of Cottonwood Falls (135 miles southwest of Kansas City, off of I-35 west of Emporia). “Lyle has many friends in Kansas and narrated the PBS special The Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie,” Emily says.

General admission tickets are sold out, but patron tickets are still available. The Patron Package includes two tickets with reserved concert seating, reserved parking, a pre-concert Patron reception and dinner, a gift certificate redeemable for commemorative items and access to the hospitality tent. Call 620-273-8955 or send email to emily@symphonyintheflinthills.org. For full information and photographs from previous years, go to www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.


Paul Horsley, Performing Arts Editor 

Paul studied piano and musicology at WSU and Cornell University. He also earned a degree in journalism, because writing about the arts in order to inspire others to partake in them was always his first love. After earning a PhD from Cornell, he became Program Annotator for the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he learned firsthand the challenges that non profits face. He moved to KC to join the then-thriving Arts Desk at The Kansas City Star, but in 2008 he happily accepted a post at The Independent. Paul contributes to national publications, including Dance Magazine, Symphony, Musical America, and The New York Times, and has conducted scholarly research in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic (the latter on a Fulbright Fellowship). He also taught musicology at Cornell, LSU and Park University.



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