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Noteworthy Events – Our Musical Journey Through Season 94!

Every day we have a chance to experience and appreciate Noteworthy Events. Sharing a meal with a dear friend, driving along a scenic byway, or finding long-awaited solitude in the comfort of a good book can be memorable and noteworthy. These events incrementally measure the commitment we make to embrace our community, appreciate beauty and seek self-reflection. Perhaps I am stretching the imagination, but the Hastings Symphony Orchestra, for ninety-four seasons, has fostered great community relations, expressed the beauty within amazing music, and educated diverse audiences living in this portion of outstate Nebraska. Let me say it again: Season 94!

We welcome Tom “Bones” Malone who was one of the original members of The Blues Brothers Band, and whose community includes everyone from Blood, Sweat, and Tears to Lady Gaga. Dr. Nathan Mertens and Dr. Margaret Lambie, two outstanding graduates from Hastings College, join us for our October and April concerts. We also undertake a new venture in December by hosting a sing-along with Handel’s Messiah, and we look forward to the Young Artist winners from Hastings College who will perform with the HSO in February.

I invite you to join The Hastings Symphony Orchestra as we present another season of outstanding music and remarkable guest artists on a path toward our Centennial Season. Your support as audience members and donors is an integral part of this journey, and assures that the HSO remains a cornerstone in the performing arts in this community. I hope you will join us for Noteworthy Events — Our Musical Journey through Season 94!

Dr. Byron W. Jensen
Conductor/Artistic Director


Rockin’ With the Symphony

  •   Sun, Sep 8, 2019 - 3:00 PM, Chautauqua Park Pavilion|  Directions

We welcome the return of Tom “Bones” Malone to Hastings performing several his own trombone and orchestra arrangements of popular music from the 1930s to... Read More >


  •   Sun, Oct 27, 2019 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Composers are often influenced by literature, nature, artwork, and geography. We welcome Dr. Nathan Mertens, alto saxophone, performing Escapades by John Williams, and we perform... Read More >

A “Messiah” Sing-Along

  •   Sun, Dec 8, 2019 - 2:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Do you enjoy singing Handel's Messiah? Please join the HSO Chamber Orchestra for a no-rehearsal performance of this incredible music. Bring your music and sit... Read More >

Hastings College Young Artist Competition

  •   Sun, Feb 23, 2020 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

This is always a special opportunity as we host the winner (or winners) of the HSO’s annual Young Artist Competition open to Hastings College students.... Read More >


Majestic Titans

  •   Sun, Apr 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Dr. Margaret Lambie performs Severino Mercandante’s Flute Concerto in E Minor, and we continue our masterworks programming with Beethoven’s Leonora Overture (No. 3), Stravinsky’s Firebird... Read More >

A Holiday Tribute to the Classics

  •   Sun, Dec 15, 2019 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

The HSO performs some of the most wonderful music of the year, complete with singing, children conducting the HSO, and a great time celebrate the... Read More >