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Hays Symphony Children’s Halloween Concert Promises Disney Magic

Calling all Disney lovers! The Hays Symphony will be presenting its annual Children’s Halloween Concert, “Disney Magic,” on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. in FHSU’s Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Brian Buckstead, Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at FHSU.

Featured for the Halloween Concert this year are selections from Disney favorites like Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Up, Cars, Ratatouille, and more. From newer hits to classic Disney tunes, the medley style mashup will sure to bring delight to concert-goers of all ages.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children in costume to participate in a series of hands-on music activities starting at 1:30 p.m. All pre-concert activities will begin in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center lobby.

Children dressed in the Halloween spirit are invited to join in the Costume Parade where they will march behind brass players leading the parade. Hays Public Library staff will lead a Musical Story Hour. FHSU’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) students will assist children in Disney themed arts and crafts.

Youth concert-goers can try their hand at violin, viola, cello, and bass in the String Instrument Petting Zoo led by USD 489 teachers. They can also explore the other side of the orchestra and Meet the Woodwinds and Brass Families or take to the percussion section with a hands-on Drumming Circle activity. New this year, children will be able to join Johnny Matlock (Studio 809) in Ukulele Fun.

As part of the Halloween festivities, concert-goers will have a chance to take photos with their favorite Disney characters through the NAfME students. The Hays Symphony will also be offering free trick-or-treat bags to the first 250 children. The post-concert trick-or-treat bags are sponsored by a generous donation from Werth Wealth Management.

“Disney Magic” marks the sixth year that the Hays Symphony has put on the Children’s Halloween Concert, an event which invites young people to explore hands-on the world of orchestral music through an afternoon of family friendly activities.

“This event also provides a rare opportunity for children from Ellis County and surrounding counties to experience a live symphony orchestra performing some of their own favorite music,” says Cathy Drabkin, cellist and chair of the symphony’s publicity committee.

The players are excited to celebrate the spooky season with the children and families attending the concert. “It’s one of our favorite concerts of the year,” says Drabkin. “We get to dress up in costumes and share our love of music and the fun of Halloween with children and their families.”

Free tickets to the concert can be reserved at

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