Two-day Cottonwood Project features local, FHSU musicians

This year’s Cottonwood Project, a musical celebration hosted by the Department of Music and Theatre at Fort Hays State University, will feature Lucy and Friends on Tuesday and the instrumentals from Elvis Costello’s 14th studio album, “The Juliet Letters,” on Saturday.

Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Hall, located inside FHSU’s Malloy Hall. The cost of admission is $6 for adults 18 and older, $4 for seniors 55 and older, and free for students with valid student ID.

Lucy and Friends features Hays native Lucy Ginther in an evening of British music. The Tuesday night performance combines the musical styles of Ben Cline, chair of the Department of Music and Theatre; Pam McGowne, staff accompanist; Hilary Shepard, instructor of music and theatre; and Tom Meagher, Wilson Elementary School principal.

On Saturday night, two FHSU professors and three special guests will perform musical arrangements from Costello’s album. Cline will be on cello; Joseph Perniciaro, associate professor of music and theatre, is the tenor; and Ginther will play viola, Veronica Pigeon and Laura Black will be the violinists.

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