Music, Food, and Scenery Highlight Symphony on the Prairie

An evening of music and activities on the prairie is planned for Friday, April 20.

SKS On the Prairie

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony (both under the direction of Daniel Stevens), The Student Loans, The Chandler Kirkhart Band, and The Matt Engels Band will perform on the Dick and Dolly Bonfy Ranch at 24011 141st Rd. in Winfield.  Gates will open at 4 p.m. The event is underwritten by Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau, General Electric, The Legacy Foundation, South Kansas Telephone Company, and private donations.

Numerous vendors will be around selling various goods. These include College Hill Coffee, Flinthills Aromatherapy, Faye Farms, South Kansas Symphony Youth Parents (selling barbeque boxed dinners), Gottlob Land and Landscape, Prairie Outfitters and Excursions, Winfield Main Street (selling walking tacos), and SC student organizations (selling snow cones, drinks, and snack items).

“We have a great line up of music in varying genres – jazz, new country, traditional country, and of course symphonic,” says Julie Headrick, director of camps and conferences at Southwestern College.  “The gates will open at 4 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to come out, bring their blanket and chairs and enjoy some good food with the great music for the evening. There will be wildflower tours and a pathway to Prairie Man. It will be an opportunity to enjoy the wide open spaces Kansas is known for while enjoying great music. It just sounds better outside under the open sky.”

The schedule for the evening includes:

• 4 p.m.—Gates open, vendors open for business
• 4-4:45 p.m.—The Student Loans
• 4:45-5:30 p.m.—The Chandler Kirkhart Band
• 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Southwestern College Youth Symphony
• 6:30-7:30 p.m.—The Matt Engels Band
• 7:30-8:45 p.m.—South Kansas Symphony
• 8:45-10 p.m.—The Matt Engels Band

The setting is informal and there is no seating provided.  All audience members should bring chairs or blankets. Outside refreshments are welcome but vendors will sell onsite meals, snacks and drinks.

Free transport from the parking area to the footpaths near the event area will run during and after the performances.

Admission is $6 for adults; children 12 and under are $2. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272.


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