It was a perfect, or at least perfectly normal, June day in Kansas for the annual classical music concert in a cow pasture known as the Symphony in the Flint Hills: 91 degrees with a constant breeze washing across the hilly terrain.
This year’s concert on Saturday marked the 11th annual all-day prairie shindig that culminates with a program by the Kansas City Symphony. Associate conductor Aram Demirjian directed a program that led off with lively interpretations of the 1997 “Celebration Overture” by Peter Boyer and 1945 “Western Suite” by Harlem native Elie Siegmeister before settling into more familiar territory with “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland and movie music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Magnificent Seven” and “Dances With Wolves.”
A sellout crowd of 5,000, many from Kansas City and Wichita but also destination travelers from as far away as Albuquerque, N.M., and New York, navigated miles of dusty rock back roads to get to the site, owned by cattleman Edward Bass. The location also hosted the event in 2010.
Next year, the concert will move to a new site south of Junction City, Kan.