Season Schedule

IMAGINATION – 2017-2018

Our imagination can take us on exotic journeys. Perhaps it’s a trip through time to another place, or being transported to the inside of Santa’s workshop. Maybe it’s a journey forward as we fantasize about a future purchase or dream vacation. Our daydreams can be about treasured memories as when we first fell in love, or how our lives might have changed if we’d made other decisions.

Let’s be honest: we all daydream and imagine. And these imaginary journeys center on the significant people, places and things in our lives.

For 92 seasons, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra has taken our audience’s imagination on journeys beyond their expectations. This season, as we explore images and tell stories, we will build upon this simple yet profound truism:

Our musical interests are your departure for imagination.

With superb guests, global music, and emotions ranging from patriotic to contemplative, the opportunity to be transported awaits you at the corner of music and orchestra. This is what the HSO imagined in 1925, and this is what we imagine doing for our 92nd Season.

Assistant Conductor Dave Klein and I invite you to a season of great music. Please join our family-friendly excursions connecting our south-central Nebraska roots in a harmonious community called Hastings, with an exciting world of music, puppetry, and Imagination!

Dr. Byron W. Jensen
Conductor and Artistic Director


Classical Pops and Popcorn

  •   Sun, Sep 10, 2017 - 3:00 PM, Chautauqua Park Pavilion|  Directions

We open our season with memorable hits from composers who didn’t imagine becoming “Top 40” classical celebrities in today’s world! Hear Beethoven, Strauss, Mozart and... Read More >

Journeys and Destinations

  •   Sun, Oct 22, 2017 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Imagine floating down The Moldau as experienced by Smetana, or taking Mendelssohn’s voyage through Scotland as conveyed through his Scottish Symphony. We also welcome principal... Read More >

Now We Ring of Christmas

  •   Sat, Dec 9, 2017 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Returning to the stage is the Hastings College Handbell Choir under the direction of Byron Jensen. Always appealing and strikingly vibrant (pardon the puns), the... Read More >

Children’s Classics and Puppets

  •   Sun, Feb 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

The Mesner Puppet Company brings Peter and the Wolf to life for a fun-filled afternoon of family entertainment. We also feature winners of the Hastings... Read More >

To the Stars and Beyond

  •   Sun, Apr 29, 2018 - 3:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

A week after Earth Day, we imagine this magnificent globe and our universe through music with The Planets by Gustav Holst, and Michael Abels’ Global... Read More >


May the Fourth Be With You!

  •   Fri, May 4, 2018 - 10:00 AM, TBD
  •   Fri, May 4, 2018 - 2:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium|  Directions

Our imaginative season concludes as the HSO travels to schools in south-central Nebraska, and we host a final home concert for the Hastings Public Schools.... Read More >