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String Academy concert series

String Academy concert series

The String Academy of the Plains, which serves southwest Kansas and northeast Oklahoma, has begun a new concert series, "Strings and Friends."

The idea is to renew the popularity of string playing, in all styles. SAP aims to provide lessons, scholarships and programs for the many communities that have no string outlets, as well as for those students who would like to pursue strings more seriously.

SAP's concerts, masterclasses and workshops are offered free to students and the general public. For the concerts, the suggested donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students are deposited in the scholarship fund.

SAP has been a resource for the area for the last seven years. Its instructors, Priscilla and Gordon Hallberg, live and teach in Garden City, and also teach in Ulysses and Dodge City. Priscilla Hallberg, the academy's lead teacher and executive director, played in the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for 27 years, making 20 national and international tours with that organization. Gordon Hallberg, former bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony, has played violin for 20 years and is an avid fiddler. He is the director of one popular student performance group, "String Beans," an ensemble of young fiddlers.

Events for the 2014 season, to take place at Community Congregational Church, 710 N. Third St., include:

* April 25 concert and April 26 workshop by Dan Levenson, "Claw Dan," an Appalachian-style fiddler and claw hammer banjo player from Tucson, Ariz.

* May 10, an evening of chamber music featuring Priscilla Hallberg, violin; Linda Adams, piano; and Ben Morris-Cline, music department head, professor of cello at Fort Hays State University and director of the Hays Symphony. Morris-Cline will give a master class and chamber music coaching session for all area students on May 11.

* Early June, a master class and recital by the Harrington String Quartet. The concert and master class will be tentatively scheduled on the afternoon and evening of June 7.

* Aug. 2 and 3, "Run Boy Run," a workshop and a concert open to the general public at the Garden City Band Shell on Seventh Street.

* October 11, a master class and recital by Brian Lewis, head of strings and professor of violin at UT- Austin.

For more information, call Priscilla Hallberg at (620) 290-3168.

Senior center double pinochle

Stipp Rapp won high in the three tables of senior center double pinochle played Monday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. Bob Baker took second place. Third went to Bob Ellis.

Phi Sigma Alpha

Phi Sigma Alpha sorority met April 10 at Church Of Christ in Lakin, with Margie McClain and Sue Shipley as hostesses. Members met at the home of Joanne Harder and carpooled to Lakin for an evening meal of sandwiches, chips and dessert prior to the start of the meeting.

Nine members and one guest, Connie Miller, were present. Naming your first job was the topic for roll call.

The minutes of March 13 were approved as read.

The nomination committee has a slate of officers for the 2014-15 year: Carlene Schweer, president; Nancy Garhart, vice president; Hazel Jones, secretary; Marilyn Wadel, treasurer; Harder, parliamentarian; Norma Nolte, Sunshine; and Ellen Eichhorn, historian.

McClain and Harder were recognized for having March birthdays. Eichhorn was recognized for having an April birthday.

The remainder of the evening was spent playing games and exchanging secret sister gifts.

The next meeting will begin at 6 p.m. May 8 at the home of Sandy Rodgers. Installation of officers, reveal of secret sisters and a drawing for new secret sisters will occur. The meeting will be a covered dish, with roast beef as the meat dish.

Senior center pitch

Bob Ellis won high in the three tables of senior center pitch played Tuesday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. Second place went to Robert Loper. Lois Towns took third.

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