Hays Symphony 2021-2022 Season Announcement

Dear friends,


Welcome to the 2021-22 season of the Hays Symphony! I am thrilled to be back, reuniting with you and the wonderful musicians of the Hays Symphony. We are all excited to welcome you back inside the concert hall, with the unbeatable energy of in-person, live performances. Our upcoming season is full of surprises, from contemporary masterpieces to unforgettable classics. We will begin with our Outdoor Pops Concert, Broadway Tonight, a celebration of your favorite shows, from West Side Story to Hamilton. Our Season Opening Gala concert will feature three nature-inspired works by the great American composers Philip Glass, Alan Hovhaness, and William Grant Still. Our Children’s Halloween Concert, Creepy Classics, will be full of mischief, as we perform Night on Bald Mountain, music from Harry Potter, Psycho, and more. New this year is our Holiday Pops Concert, featuring some of your favorite music of the season. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a Christmas Carol sing-along are just a few of the treats in store for December. I will put down my baton and take out my violin during our February Concert, which features composer Max Richter's reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as three other works that reinterpret the music and musical style of the past. In May, our final Masterworks Concert will feature French composer Francis Poulenc’s beautiful Gloria, with the wonderful FHSU choirs, under the direction of Terry Crull. as well as Hector Berlioz’s rambunctious and revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique. For the full concert schedule and details, see below.


Thank you for supporting the Hays Symphony, and I look forward to seeing you soon for live music!


Brian Buckstead, Music Director

Hays Symphony 2021-2022 Season Full Concert Schedule


Outdoor Pops Concert – Broadway Tonight

Saturday, August 28, 2021

7:30 p.m. – Hays Pavilion 


Chase – Broadway Tonight!

Bernstein – West Side Story Selections

Hamlisch – A Chorus Line

Rodgers – Richard Rodgers Portrait

Bock – Fiddler on the Roof Overture

Schwartz – Highlights from Wicked

Miranda – Suite from Hamilton



Season Opening Gala – The Western Hemisphere

Saturday, September 25, 2021

7:30 p.m. – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Glass – The Canyon

Hovhaness – Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain)

Still – Symphony No. 5 (The Western Hemisphere)



Children’s Halloween Concert – Creepy Classics

Sunday, October 31, 2021

2:30 p.m. – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center


Saint-Saëns – Danse macabre

Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain

Grieg – "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Bernard Herrmann – Suite from Psycho

Hector Berlioz – "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie fantastique

Williams – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Symphonic Suite



Holiday Pops

Saturday, December 4, 2021

7:30 p.m. – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

Coleridge-Taylor – Christmas Overture

Krogstad – The Bells of Christmas

Holcombe/Rothrock – Festive Sounds of Hanukah

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite

Guaraldi/Pugh – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Krogstad – Christmas at the Movies

L. Mozart – Sleigh Ride

Anderson – Sleigh Ride

Munford – A Christmas Carol Sing-Along



February Concert – Past Meets Present

Saturday, February 19, 2022

7:30 p.m. – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

Richter – The Four Seasons Recomposed

Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite

Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 (Classical)



Masterworks Concert – Voyage to France

Sunday, May 1, 2022

7:30 p.m. – Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

(Shared concert with FHSU choirs)


Poulenc – Gloria 

Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique