NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Winter Classics concert by the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will showcase the winners of the orchestra’s first-ever “Young Soloist Competition,” one of whom is a Bethel College student.
Kyle Unruh, junior from Goessel and a trumpet player, took first place in the college category. Laurel Woodward, North Newton, a senior at Newton High School and a cellist, won the high school category. The two will be featured in the Winter Classics concert Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Newton High School auditorium.
Under the baton of Diego Sánchez Haase, returning for his fourth season as NMKSO music director, the orchestra will play “Overture” from William Tell by Rossini, Sinfonia con tromba by Torelli with Unruh as trumpet soloist, the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C with Woodward as cello soloist, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian.”
Tickets are available for advance purchase at Ten Thousand Villages, 625 North Main Street in Newton, at $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. For more information about the concert and tickets, call 316-283-0104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now in its 52nd season, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the performance of orchestral music for south central Kansas audiences. NMKSO is comprised of musicians from Newton, Harvey County and the surrounding area, including professional musicians, music educators, community players and advanced high school and college students. Concertmaster Adrienne Dougherty also plays with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Diego Sánchez Haase, NMKSO music director since 2005, lives in Asunción, Paraguay, where he is music director of the Orquesta de la Universidad del Norte, artistic director of the Baroque Music Festival of Asunción and a professor of piano at the Asuncion Conservatory of Music. He has performed as a conductor and pianist in major concert halls in South America, Europe and the United States. He is the founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Villarrica, today known as the Guairena Philharmonic Orchestra and the first of its kind outside Asunción. He is the author of numerous symphonic and chamber pieces, including Concertino for Violincello, premiered by Andrew Kolb and NMKSO in fall 2004 during Sánchez Haase’s guest appearance with the orchestra. He composed The Train for orchestra and children’s choir for NMKSO’s 50th anniversary concert in 2006 and led the orchestra from the piano as soloist on a Mozart concerto.