KWU Salina Strings Day at Marymount

We are delighted to announce that two of Eric Stein’s children, cellists Adele and Derek Stein, will be featured at the second annual Kansas Wesleyan University’s Salina Strings Day.

The Steins will perform alongside Salina South and Salina Central High schools and the KWU string orchestra at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the former Marymount College Fine Arts auditorium, currently the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center. A combined performance including Dr. Leonardo Rosario, KWU’s director of strings, will highlight the evening.

Admission is free, and we hope you’ll attend to remember and honor the legacy of the arts in Salina.

Salina has a rich history of music, including the influence of Eric Stein, longtime music professor at Marymount College and founder of the Salina Symphony. He also maintained a cello and bass teaching studio in Salina.

Adele and Derek Stein were born and raised in Salina and have since gone on to outstanding careers in the industry.

Adele Stein is well-versed in a broad variety of music, ranging from classical, new, contemporary, pop, hip-hop, rock, jazz, country and metal. She is a professional freelance musician living in New York City, where she held the cello chair for the musical Dear Evan Hansen and now holds the cello chair for the Broadway musical & Juliet.

Derek Stein is a cellist whose active performance schedule spans a contemporary music concert, the rhythm section of an indie rock show and the cello section of an orchestra. His distinctive performing style can be heard across Los Angeles and Southern California. Derek is a founding member of the new-music ensemble gnarwhallaby. His flair for rock and pop styles can be heard in his work as cellist and arranger with the Vitamin String Quartet and Wild Up Modern Music Collective.

The second annual Salina Strings Day is made possible through a grant funded by the L.P. “Pat” Mullen Fund of the Greater Salina Community Foundation. The week will include workshops and rehearsals with guest artists Derek Stein and Adele Stein, created for string students in the Salina Public Schools and Salina Youth Symphony as a community outreach program to enrich the lives of young performers. This week-long outreach program was also funded by Salina Arts and Humanities.

A reception will be held immediately following the concert on February 9 at the Salina Country Club for all Marymount College alumni, Greater Salina Foundation Board of Directors, and Salina Arts and Humanities Foundation. Any questions about the concert or reception can be directed to Michelle Dolan - / 785-833-4338.