Wichita Symphony

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The Wichita Symphony performs Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. with a program that includes a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets.

The performance features cosmic images projected on a screen above the orchestra. Maestro Daniel Hege stopped by the KMUW studios recently to discuss his own preparations for the weekend concerts.

June Trieb

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is seeking public input to help the organization plan for the future.

The Wichita Symphony launched an online survey to get feedback on things like the performance schedule and music style preferences.

Symphony CEO Don Reinhold says the community input will be used to help develop a new five-year strategic plan for the more than 70-year-old orchestra.

Sean Sandefur

This weekend, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra joins legendary bass/baritone and Kansas-native Samuel Ramey for two performances of Bluebeard’s Castle. The one-act opera takes place in a setting of ornate, towering pieces of blown glass. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports….

Intensity looms within the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita. Rehearsals are underway for Bluebeard’s Castle

The powerful opera packs a lot of emotion into the short run time of 60 minutes.

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It might be hard to imagine that one of the greatest living pianists began his life without much music in his home. But Stephen Hough began exactly that way—he became enamored of the piano when he saw one at an aunt’s house and realized it would allow him to add music to the nursery rhymes he loved singing. Before long, he begged his parents to buy him one and pay for lessons. As it turned out, piano transformed not only his life but his family’s as well.

Mandy A. Riedel

The Wichita Symphony’s youth orchestra program recently wrapped up the fall semester with a concert in downtown Wichita.

More than 200 student musicians from South Central Kansas, ranging in from ages 10 to 18, make up the three orchestras that performed.

This youth orchestra program is the largest of its kind in Kansas and has been inspiring young musicians for 67 years.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar introduces us to the woman who’s been leading the charge for more than two decades.

Tobias Brier

Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.


Eliot Fisk splits his time as a performer, recording artist, and educator between Europe and North America, but the largely self-taught musician––who did study with guitar master Andres Segovia––says that it’s his native land, the United States, that gives him the strongest sense of identity.