Founded in 1915 by Walter McCray, the man for whom the music building at Pittsburg State University would be named, the SEK Symphony of Pittsburg State University still is going strong 104 years later. With four major performances each academic year, the group’s goal is to be an integral part of the culture of Southeast Kansas.
The upcoming season, the group’s 105th, includes:
• An Evening with World Renowned Operatic Tenor Robert Dean Smith | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17
Smith and the SEK Symphony will perform an encore concert at the Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City — one of the most prestigious concert halls in the nation — at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.
• Holiday Extravaganza and 5th Anniversary Celebration for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
• PSU Opera Theatre and the SEK Symphony present the 2020 Opera Performance | 7:30 p.m. Feb 14 and 3 p.m. Feb 16
• New Music New Voices | 7:30 p.m. April 9
• Children’s Concert | 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 21
Tickets for the Robert Dean Smith concert are on sale now. All PSU students, faculty, administrators, and personnel may attend ticketed SEK Symphony concerts free of charge. Tickets for the public are $5 for children and retired PSU employees, $12 for seniors and groups, and $15 for adults. They may be purchased at the PSU Ticket Office in the Garfield Weede Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling 620-235-4796, or online at www.pittstate.edu/office/ticket. They also may be purchased at the door starting one hour before the performance.