Symphony in the Flint Hills concert to be on post – Jun. 15
Marty White, board chair, Symphony in the Flint Hills Inc., left, and Garrison Commander Col. William Clark, right, announce Jan. 16 that the next Symphony in the Flint Hills will be at Fort Riley’s Artillery Parade Field on Main Post. The performance will be conducted by the Kansas City Symphony. Photo by: Calun Reece, POST.
Story by: Calun Reece
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Listening to a musical arrangement as it drifts across the evening sky is a unique experience that will soon be coming to Fort Riley.
Symphony in the Flint Hills Inc., announced Jan. 16 its eighth annual performance will take place at Fort Riley's Main Post. The organization will host an outdoor performance June 15 at Artillery Parade Field.
The performance will be conducted by the Kansas City Symphony.
"At Fort Riley, we're really excited about this opportunity," said Garrison Commander Col. William Clark. "We see ourselves as a member of the Flint Hills community.
"This is America's installation, and we welcome visitors; they can come here anytime."
The concert will be open to Soldiers, Families and the general public.
Symphony in the Flint Hills is a 50lc(3) nonprofit organization. The group was created to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the tall grass prairie by providing opportunities to experience symphonic music and place-based education in the Kansas Flint Hills, according to the organization's website.
The symphony has performed all across the Flint Hills region, said Marty White, board chair, Symphony in the Flint Hills Inc.
The symphony usually performs on the sites of pastures surrounded by native prairie grass. This year, the symphony decided to perform at a different location, but one still very much a part of the Flint Hills region, she said.
Attendees come from all over the U.S., White added.
"This unique setting will allow concert goers to experience an often-unseen portion of Kansas' majestic Flint Hills – the historic Fort Riley buildings and parade grounds," White said. "The dramatic surroundings of Fort Riley are sure to add an extra dimension to an already dramatic event," White said.
Prairie Education programs also will be available the day of the symphony. The program will be both experiential and presentational and will focus on this history and heritage of Fort Riley and the Flint Hills, according to the organization's website.
The symphony will be performing during a unique time in Fort Riley history.
"This is our 160th anniversary here in the Flint Hills," Clark said. "What a great opportunity it is to partner with the symphony to come here to give our Soldiers and their Families a cultural experience that they usually do not experience."
It is really important to travel the Flint Hills region to showcase the different areas, White said.
"We've been throughout the Flint Hills; but (Fort Riley) is just such a piece of it, we thought we needed to come here," White said.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 23. General admission tickets are $75 for adults and $43 for children under 12. Educational programs are free.
For more information about the event, visit www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.