Then: The idea for the Hastings Symphony Orchestra started in 1924 when the Hastings College Symphony was organized and presented concerts for the student body.
Frank Noyes, head of the violin department at the Hastings College Conservatory, decided to invite community musicians to join students and faculty in what became a full symphonic orchestra during his 10-year tenure. The first concert of the Hastings Civic Symphony, as it was known at the time, was performed May 28, 1926, in the First Presbyterian Church.
Now: In its 87th year, the Hastings Symphony Orchestra continues to bring area musicians together to enrich the community through music.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., the HSO will feature young musicians in its concert at the Masonic Center auditorium.
Two high school musicians will be featured as winners of the Young Artist Competition. Every other year, high school students from across the state audition for the chance to perform with the HSO. On alternating years, the Young Artist Competition is open to students at Hastings College.
This year, violinist Nadia Maudhoo, a junior at Millard West and student of Anne Nagosky in Omaha, won the competition. Second place went to Kevin Cheng, a junior at Nebraska Christian High School who studies piano with Jonathan Sokasits at Hastings College.