WINFIELD — The South Kansas Symphony will be host to its second annual Southwestern College Honor Orchestra Festival on Jan. 23. There is no admission and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College logoThe festival will conclude with a 6 p.m. performance in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Tom and Mari Wallrabenstein.

Fifty-seven high school string players will spend the day on campus, working with Southwestern College music faculty and students, according to director Amber Dahlén Peterson.

Most of the participating students have been nominated from the Arkansas City, Derby, El Dorado, Winfield and Ponca City, Oklahoma, orchestra programs.

The concert will feature the Honor Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Guitar, Strings and Basso Continuo” and Grieg’s “Holberg Suite, Op. 40.”

David Brody, classical guitar teacher at Wichita State University and recent band director in Wellington, will be the featured soloist on the concerto.

Also featured in the concert will be the Derby High School Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Wesley K. DeSpain.

DeSpain currently teaches orchestra for the Derby public schools, in addition to conducting the Delano Chamber Orchestra and Wichita Symphony’s Youth Repertory Orchestra.

The chamber orchestra will perform “Andante Festivo,” “Variations on an Appalachian Hymn,” “Prayer of St. Gregory,” “Red Rhythmico” and “Man in the Mirror.”

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.

Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.