Flinthills Counterpoint to hold music, art and conservation festival on June 4

Celebrate a day full of music, art installations, land stewardship ecology, and food trucks culminating in a sunset concert by multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and cellist, Eugene Friesen, the WoodFest Symphonia, and the Flint Hills Counterpoint Community Choir from 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Flint Hills Counterpoint Home Base at 1660 E. 90th in Peabody.

Special art activities for youth – and the young at heart. Explore the progress of Flint Hills Counterpoint Home Base conservation projects.

Pole Barn Sunset Concert:

Enjoy Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and cellist, Eugene Friesen, with Max O’Rourke, the WoodFest Symphonia, and the Flint Hills Counterpoint Community Choir under the direction of Greg Zielke of Tabor College. The performance will feature “best of” excerpts from Friesen’s symphonies composed for Kansas and performed previously in full-length versions for PrairieFest (Cowley County), Smoky Hill River Festival (Salina), and the 2006 Symphony in the Flint Hills (Chase County).

Grasslands: Prairie Voices is an exuberant Symphony that premiered in 1997 and features grasslands throughout the world, including Friesen’s notable “Cellophant” and a self-narrated essay by Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute and MacArthur Fellow.

Carl Sandburg’s ‘Prairie’ is full of prairie characters and tells the story of the settling and growth of civilization on the American prairie. It is based on the 1918 poem Prairie by American Poet Laureate, Carl Sandburg and inspired by his personal collection of folk music and folklore.

Woodland and Dairy Barn daytime Concert:

The Weda Skirts will be playing on the Woodland Stage 4-6 p.m.

Additional musical performances include String Daze (Ramiro Miranda, Irene Diaz, and Riely Day) 1-2 p.m., the amazing 99-year-old Bob Delk and Steve Hanneman 2-3 p.m., and Nikki Moddelmog 3-4 p.m.

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Daytime events:

● Touring Flint Hills Counterpoint’s Home Base reclamation site

● On-site talks and artist installations by Shin-hee Chin, Ed Lesyk, Rachel Eilts, and Delilah Reed.

● “Land Conservation Projects” talk by Matt Meyerhoff, Natural Resources Conservation Service

● “Native and Invasive Tree Conservation” talk by Howard Freerksen, Kansas Forest Service

● “Native Grasses” talk by Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

● “Parking it Up” talk about clearing a site by retired Forest Service’s Gary Buck

● Tabor College student audio documentaries about Marion County kiosk

● Solar Cooking with Luther Kreuger

● Local food trucks including Lost In the Sauce.

Activities for both young and young at heart:

● Flint Hills Counterpoint’s Mural Painting with Delilah Reed

● Birdhouse art with Michelle Butts

● Goat petting zoo

Things to bring:

Bring a chair for seating, walking shoes, and bug repellent- this is an outdoor event.

Rain or shine event:

All daytime activities will be at Flint Hills Counterpoint Home Base regardless of the weather, the evening concert will move to the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts, Tabor College, 400 S Jefferson St, Hillsboro, KS 67063. Weather decision will be made at 9 a.m. on June 4.

Flint Hills Counterpoint is a collaboration between composer Susan Mayo, filmmaker Cyan Meeks, and the community of rural Marion County, Kansas to investigate and engage the last remaining vestiges of the tallgrass prairie, the most decimated ecosystem in North America.

This June event is hosted by Prairie Muses and Chamber Music at The Barn and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Ticket Registration https://www.eventbrite.com/e/314700486627

Tickets: $30 per individual, $20 for Marion County residents, and children under 12 free Contact: Susan Mayo susan66866@gmail.com 316-258-2342

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