A world of strings is coming to Salina.
For a second year Kansas Wesleyan University will host the International String Festival March 29 through the 31st.
Dr. Jesse Henkensiefken, KWU Director of Orchestras and String Studies tells KSAL News that they began on a small scale last year, “The public really ate it up – I thought ‘Man we ought to do this for real.’ ”
With the help of a Horizons Grant, the festival will boast an international faculty of performers from Canada, Germany, Russia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and the United States.
Performances will be held at Sam Chapel in the Hall of the Pioneers.
· 3 days of master classes will be conducted for selected KWU students and Salina Youth Symphony members
· There will be two festival faculty recitals on Wednesday, March 30th:
o Violin/Piano Recital at noon
o String Sextet and Piano Quintet Recital at 7:30 p.m.
· The festival Finale Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1st, featuring the Festival String Orchestra with four violin soloists and two cello soloists
· All master classes and recital and concert performances will be held in Sams Chapel. The public is welcome to come and watch.
· Admission is free.
· This Festival project was funded in part by the Horizons Grants Program of the Salina Arts & Humanities Foundation. Funding is provided by Horizons, a private donor group.
· Full festival schedule is at www.kwu.edu/stringfestival16 http://www.kwu.edu/stringfestival16