Flint Hills symphony tickets on sale

Tickets for the second annual Symphony in the Flint Hills went on sale Monday, March 5. Only 5,000 tickets will be available for the concert.

The 2007 concert will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on a privately owned ranch that stretches over a range of grassland ridges in historic Wabaunsee County, located in the Flint Hills between Topeka and Emporia.

Symphony in the Flint Hills is an annual outdoor concert series that debuted in June 2006 to a sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City.

The 80-piece Kansas City Symphony will once again perform a concert that reflects the spirit of the American prairie and features well-known works that evoke images of the landscape.

Tickets can be purchased through the Kansas City Symphony by telephone at 816-471-0400 or online at www.kcsymphony.org.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $24 for students (ID required), and $14 for youth (12 and under).

Educational activities will begin at the concert site at 1 p.m. with opportunities to learn about and experience grassland culture and heritage.

Activities are included in the ticket price and feature:

n wildflower and prairie walks with Kansas Native Plant Society guides;

n presentations about cowboys and historic ranching in the Flint Hills and Wabaunsee County;

n first-person interpretations by regional historians in 1880s costumes;

n birding with Kansas Audubon Society members;

n informative discussion about modern day ranching in the Flint Hills;

n presentations of regional Native American culture;

n The Wabaunsee County story;

n Musical instrument “petting zoo” provided by the Kansas City Symphony Auxiliary;

n Authentic horse-drawn wagons rides into the prairie.

New this year, the entertainment will continue after the symphonic concert and will include twilight wagon rides, old-time acoustic music with fiddles, banjos, guitars and harmonicas.

Food and beverages will be available until late so concert attendees can relax and enjoy the evening on the prairie and avoid possible road congestion after the concert.

Transportation to the concert site on wagons will be provided for those who prefer, however, concert attendees are encouraged to walk the wildflower trail. Regardless of transportation mode, concert-goers should plan to arrive and travel to the concert site from parking at least one hour before the 6:30 p.m. concert.

Transportation to the site will begin at 1 p.m. The last rides to the concert site will leave the parking area at 5:30 p.m.

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