April 13, 2014

3:00 pm
Masonic Center


Continuing the Journey Forward

Welcome to Our 88TH Season - 2013-14

photo courtesy of Hastings Tribune

It is often said that it's not the destination that matters, but the journey. Willa Cather summed up such sentiments when she wrote, "the end is nothing the road is all." As the Hastings Symphony Orchestra continues down the road of its 88th consecutive season, I remain honored to stand on the podium to lead this very fine ensemble. The HSO provides engaging and entertaining programs, forges new artistic directions, and pursues important educational opportunities. Indeed, for 88 years the Hastings Symphony has symbolized qualities that Cather may have used to describe the people of Nebraska:  determination, talent, and creativity. Along with developing a group of supportive patrons, the Hastings Symphony has truly benefited from those who have paved the road before us. Our road embraces these resolute pioneer-inspired characteristics, and our journey going forward is to showcase the HSO as one of the finest orchestras in the Midwest.


As we all know, it is impossible to rest on one's laurels.  This is especially true for arts-based organizations that require the retention of loyal patrons and the attraction of new audience members.  This season, our concerts are family-friendly adventures keen on the joys of symphonic music.  Each performance offers a variety of musical styles and guest soloists certain to appeal to audiences of all ages.  This will be an exciting and inspiring season of music!


Please share our brochure and the HSO's contact information with family and friends, co-workers and acquaintances, as well as community service clubs and churches so that our music reaches more and more people.  Let this be the continuance of a journey that has lasted for 88 years.


The Road is All with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra.


Musically Yours,

Dr. Byron Jensen

Conductor/Artistic Director



with support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment