Winfield Regional Symphony
New material and collaborations with veteran musicians highlight the Winfield Regional Symphony’s 2005-2006 season.
Titled “Music and Magic,” the WRS has four performances scheduled featuring new music premieres and guest artists.
On Oct. 25, the WRS is scheduled to perform at the Wichita Art Museum for the third time in as many years. The “Grouse Creek Symphony,” a multi-media work featuring the paintings of Cowley art instructor Mark Flickinger, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Premiered in May in Arkansas City, a new movement will be added to the work for the Oct. 25 performance.
Dec. 2 will mark the return of John McCutcheon with the WRS. McCutcheon, a Walnut Valley Festival favorite, has performed several times with the symphony in the late 1990s, including two performances at the festival. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
A new work titled “The Mask Symphony” will be premiered at the National Music Club Convention at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 2006, and will feature the masked characters of Rob Faust, who performed several times with the WRS during past PrairieFest concerts.
On May 15, 2006, the Prairie Rose Wranglers will make their symphonic debut at 7:30 p.m. This popular trio has performed in Carnegie Hall and is planning upcoming trips to China. Their Prairie Rose dinner theatre is one of Kansas’ most popular tourist destinations.
Other than the Wichita Art Museum performance, all concerts will be in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center at Cowley College.
Gary Gackstatter, director of instrumental music at Cowley, is conductor of the Winfield Regional Symphony.