The WSO plays Disney tunes at free concerts in the parks



A string quartet from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra performs at Symphony in the Botanica Gardens in 2021. This weekend, two string quartets will perform in a total of six parks.

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Just as it did with last week’s “Symphony in the Gardens” at Botanica, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra continues its outdoor concerts with the second “Playing Across the Parks” on Saturday.

“It’s a great way for us to provide free concerts in the community,” said Tiffany Bell Rhodes, educational and community partnerships manager for the symphony orchestra. “I think doing things outside has been necessitated by the circumstances of the pandemic, but it’s something we want to continue doing in the future, because people like to be outside when it’s the weather is nice and we want to be part of it with them.”

From 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, string quartets will perform at a total of six parks, in partnership with the Wichita Park and Recreation Department.

Rhodes said this year’s tryouts had a decidedly family theme.

“We really intentionally selected music from popular children’s films like ‘Encanto’ and ‘Frozen’, and it’s an effort to make concerts more appealing to all ages, including young children,” Rhodes said. , who plays the cello in one of the quartets. “The environment of these parks is perfect for children to move and play while listening to music they recognize. It’s just a great way for kids to have their first interaction with the symphony.

A quartet consisting of Chelly Graves and Cindy Dantic-Watson on violins, Emily Baldridge on viola and Camille Burrow on cello will perform selections from Disney’s “Frozen”, “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles” at:

  • 1 p.m., Linwood Park North (1802 Harry E.)

  • 2 p.m., West Douglas Park (3201 W. Douglas)

  • 3 p.m., Buffalo Park (500 N. Maize Road)

The quartet of Linette Gordon and Elizabeth Wallace on violins, Lillian Green on viola and Rhodes will perform selections from Disney’s “Encanto” and “Moana” at:

  • 1:30 p.m., Central Riverside Park (720 N. Nims)

  • 2:30 p.m., Woodland Park (841 W. 21st St.)

  • 3:30 p.m. Chisolm Creek Park (3228 N. Oliver)

“We really want people who live in these neighborhoods to use the parks and come to these concerts,” Rhodes said. “We want to let people know this is the right concert for your family to attend – all ages are welcome; all ages will enjoy this experience.”


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