2014 Symphony in the Flint Hills
On June 13, 2015, the Symphony in the Flint Hills is coming home!
For the 10th anniversary of the event, it will be held at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
From the Symphony in the Flint Hills site:
We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Symphony in the Flint Hills Signature Event back where it all started at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve,” said Jim Hoy, Board Chair for Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. “Our milestone anniversary and this historic location lend themselves to help us further our mission of heightening appreciation and knowledge of the tallgrass prairie. We plan to take it a step further with the theme, ‘Grasslands of the World,’ and The Nature Conservancy as our partner for the education programs.”
Today is the day for ninth annual Symphony in the Flint Hills. Held at Rosalia Ranch in Butler County this year, the Kansas City Symphony will play for 6,000 – 7,000 people amidst the idyllic setting of the Flint Hills.
Tents at this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills
The event celebrates the heritage and ecology of this important ecosystem. Along with the headlining evening show, the event has lectures and presentations on the tallgrass prairie and Flint Hills. There are also prairie walks and covered wagon rides, and after the event, guests are invited to stay and stargaze. For kids, and kids at here, there’s the “Instrument Petting Zoo” where you can play with different instruments.
From the Symphony in the Flint Hills site on just how this unique event came to be:
In 1994, Matfield Green rancher Jane Koger celebrated her birthday by inviting the public to a “Symphony on the Prairie.” More than 3,000 people from far and wide congregated at her Homestead Ranch for a magical union between symphonic music and the prairie landscape.
Ten years after Jane Koger’s legendary birthday concert, Chase, Lyon, Morris and Wabaunsee County leaders founded Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. to heighten the appreciation and knowledge of the tallgrass prairie. In 2006, the organization held the first of its annual prairie concerts, a Kansas tradition that now attracts approximately 7,000 attendees from all over the world.
If you missed out this year, put the event on your calendar for next June.
Photo by Kansas Tourism