This year’s celebration in the Flint Hills on June 11th will feature the 150th Anniversary of Kansas Statehood. The Symphony is partnering with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area to tell stories that shaped this region and forged the values of its people. The festivities will be held on the Fix pasture on the West Branch of Mill Creek, hosted by the Keith Shultz Family.
The educational programs this year will feature the Pottawatomie journey to the Flint Hills, the western-most route of the Underground Railroad, the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony of Wabaunsee, early military trails and forts and Exodusters settling in the Flint Hills. In addition, there will be programs on ranching, the flora and fauna and the art and poetry of the region.
The highlight of the music program performed by the Kansas City Symphony will be Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copeland.
There will be guided prairie and wildflower walks, rides in horse-drawn covered wagons, silent art auction, old-time cowboys and modern ranchers telling tales.
After the concert, there will be telescopes for star-gazing, dancing to traditional western music and sitting in the moonlight. Food and beverages will be served until 11:00 p.m.
Ally started calling the ticket office as well as applying on-line at 10:00 a.m. yesterday for tickets to the Sixth Annual Symphony of the Flint Hills and landed two shortly before 10:30. By 10:35 they were sold out, according to a friend.
In their printed and on-line information for how to purchase tickets, they were sending mixed messages that were very confusing. I wrote them about it and they then e-mailed corrections saying there were no on line sales and mixed it with the misinformation stating there were on-line sales. Alas. There have been problems with their ticket sales every year and this year seemed more confusing than usual. They limit sales to one day starting at 10:00 a.m. so thousands of people are simultaneously trying to buy tickets.
At the last minute, they put up an on-line ticket order form which we filled out after 10:00 a.m. Sat. and quickly received confirmation for two tickets. Even that form was incorrect as they had old ticket prices on it.
They usually limit ticket sales to about 5,000 so you can see the problem as they all converge during the first two hours of sales in an attempt to acquire tickets. It’s worth walking over hot coals to land tickets for a day with the symphony in the Flint Hills.
Photo by David Leiker, I think.
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