The Wichita Symphony Orchestra performs two classical concerts this weekend. Here are four reasons to attend:
1) It's a chance to see Daniel Hege, the man who will become the symphony's conductor next year, replacing Andrew Sewell, the orchestra's director the past 10 years. Hege will be the guest conductor of the performances Saturday and Sunday. He graduated from Bethel College in 1997 and led the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 1993 until 2003. He is also music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York and will continue in that position.
2) Guest performer Christopher Taylor will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. Taylor is a scintillating performer who is perhaps best known for his championing of modern and contemporary piano music. The symphony also will play Debussy's "Nocturnes" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
3) This is the final classics concert for the symphony this year. It will perform a holiday concert next month and then will return in January with a performance featuring Tracy Silverman on the electric violin.
4) " Wicked" is gone after its three-week run in Wichita, so it's time to support local performers and ensembles.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $42 at www.wso.org or by calling 316-267-7658.