The 2010-11 Classics Concert season for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra gets under way this weekend. Here's what you need to know:
1) The symphony's new music director, Daniel Hege —only the seventh in its 67-year history — will launch his tenure here with a monumental work, the Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," by Gustav Mahler.
2) A vocal ensemble of 200 singers —the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Friends University Singing Quakers and the Bethel College Concert Choir — will perform with the orchestra in the five-movement "Resurrection." Soloists will be soprano Sarah Hibbard and alto Christina Wilcox.
3) Listen to Hege talk about "Resurrection" and his new job in two video segments at videos.kansas.com. Videos of Hege discussing the orchestra's musical selections will be posted in the week leading up to each concert throughout the season.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $44. Purchase tickets at 316-267-7658 or www.wso.org.
A good cause
The Wichita Arts Council will present its 41st Art Awards beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Awards will be given to individuals, organizations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to the arts. Tickets are $30 and include dinner. For more information, call 316-303-8663.