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  • Music one with nature at 'Symphony at Sunset'

  • It seemed like a scene out of a movie.



    The deep ocean blue of the sky stretched across to the west, changing hues and tones to a bright, Kansas sunflower yellow near the sunset. The rich greens and browns painted a beautiful portrait of the land at its finest, as flora flowed across a nearby strip pit pond.

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  • It seemed like a scene out of a movie.
    The deep ocean blue of the sky stretched across to the west, changing hues and tones to a bright, Kansas sunflower yellow near the sunset. The rich greens and browns painted a beautiful portrait of the land at its finest, as flora flowed across a nearby strip pit pond.
    And just like a movie, the music swelled with strings and brass, with woodwinds adding the melody.
    Except this time, the music was real. The Southeast Kansas Symphony hosted its first “Symphony at Sunset” Sunday evening in a seemingly perfect environment.
    The moon came out fuller and fuller throughout the evening directly over the stage.
    Even the native animals sounded to the music filling the air. At the beginning of the performance, one could discern the hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot of an owl and the twirt-twirt of a bird. By the end, numerous other insects and animals had added their voices to the symphony, including the chit-chit-kreeee of grasshoppers and crickets, the jumping of a fish, and the cacophony of dogs from the nearby Southeast Kansas Humane Society. Even a gust of wind came at the crescendo of one of the latter songs.
    But there was some concern that the environment could have kept the performance from being at its best.
    “We had a rehearsal at 3 p.m., and it was so windy. We were out here and we barely got through without stands and music flying off the stage,” said Stella Hastings, conductor. “We had to trust that the wind would just die down when 6 p.m. came around.”
    Roughly 90 people showed up for the special outdoor performance, and organizers said the event went much smoother than they had expected.
    “The outdoors frightened me a bit, because this is our first outdoor concert.... We couldn’t have asked for a better day, with the sunset and the moon rising all in one,” Hastings said. “This is a new little jewel in the center of our town. We brought a sparkle and a life back to it.”
    Many of the attendees said they were pleased by the show and wish to see it again next year.
    “I was excited about this,” said David Nance, Pittsburg. “This is a present for the area, the city and the symphony. I enjoy the symphony, but I really think it’s neat for the outside performance. It’s just a little special. I hope to see a way clear for this to happen again next year. We’ll have to spread the news for the next performance.”
    Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.
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