Welcome to our 90th Season - 2015-16

The Hastings Symphony's humble beginnings in 1925 featured two concerts. Ninety years later, HSO's scrapbook is full of Music, Memories and Magic. As true today as it was in 1925, the HSO is here for the people of south central Nebraska. It is a cornerstone of this community's performing arts. And it is an educational beacon illuminating the beauty and magnificence of orchestral music. Our ninetieth season will feature performers who grew up in Hastings and the HSO. I am thrilled to have Shannon Salyards-Burton and Andy DeBoer return for command performances, and it is an honor to have Dr. Alan Stanek, conductor of the HSO in the early 1970s, also return to the podium. Our season includes the Hastings College Choir (the "Choral Jewel of Nebraska") conducted by Dr. Fritz Mountford, children conducting the orchestra in December, and our Young Artist Competition. We will be playing music performed during past ten-year anniversaries and conclude the season with a world premiere of a commissioned work titled Nebraska Soundscapes. This piece, composed by Tyler White from UNL and accompanying photographs by Jorn Olsen, certainly brings magic to our 90th season.

Thanks to you, we still have music to play and magical memories to make. Like a skilled magician, the Hastings Symphony presents lots of surprises, provides family-friendly entertainment, and always defies expectations. Please help our traditions move forward by sharing HSO's Music, Memories and Magic with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate!

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History of HSO


The Young Artist Auditions were started in 1959. Today, these auditions alternate between high school students from Nebraska and Hastings College students. The young artists...
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