Sounds of the Season 2019

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Hear selections from Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite performed by the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. We are pairing this holiday tradition this year with the brilliant and toe-tapping Nutcracker Suite arrangements of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The Kansas City Civic Orchestra is excited to welcome the Washburn University Jazz Band for this year’s Sounds of the Season concert!

Sing along to holiday favorites such as O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Deck the Halls and Joy to the World. Included in our Friday night concert will be the winning Silent Auction bidder to lead the Civic Orchestra in Leroy Anderson’s famous Sleigh Ride!

We will also be holding our annual Silent Auction Fundraiser again this year. Stay tuned for a preview of available items.

Happy Holidays from KCCO!


Washburn University Jazz Orchestra

Dr. Craig Treinen, Director of the Jazz Studies Program at Washburn University leads Jazz Ensemble I, a group known for its musicianship and professionalism. The Washburn University Jazz Ensemble I have won the praise of adjudicators and audiences alike from their performances in prestigious jazz festivals throughout the United States. Membership is by audition.

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2020 Carol Chatelain Young Artist Competition

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KCCO is excited to announce our 2020
Carol Chatelain Young Artist Competition!

KCCO’s annual competition for young artists, The Carol Chatelain Young Artist Competition, gives KCCO the opportunity to engage with and support young musicians in the Kansas City area. The winner of this year’s competition winner will have the opportunity to perform with the orchestra at a world-class venue – Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! The winner will also receive a cash prize of $500. This year’s auditions will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020. We invite all musicians aged 11 to 19 to participate!

Allen Zhang, 2019 Competition Winner

How to Enter

  • Please read the competition rules below
  • Download the application form
  • Mail the form and $25 application fee to: Kansas City Civic Orchestra, P.O. Box 224, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201

Applications must be received by January 9, 2020.

  1. Competition audition date is: Sunday, January 18, 2020 at Mennonite Church beginning at 11:00am (time will be assigned).
  2. The concerto competition is for ages 11-19.
  3. Perform a solo orchestral work that is no less than 9 minutes and no greater than 20 minutes in length, from memory (can be a movement from a standard concerto or a multi-movement work).
  4. Audition time slots will be up to 15-minute intervals (accompanist cuts are encouraged for the audition).
  5. The competition is open to all instrumentalists except piano, saxophone, and percussion.
  6. First place winner will receive a performance with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3:00pm at Helzberg Hall (Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and a prize of $500.00.
  7. Second place may receive acknowledgement at our April 25, 2020 performance.
  8. Kansas City Civic Orchestra reserves the right to have both first and second place winners perform at the April 2020 concert.
  9. Winner(s) must be available for rehearsals on:  April 14 and April 21 between 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Saturday, April 25 at Helzberg Hall between noon and 2pm. Specific times within these rehearsals will be assigned at a later date.
  10. All room/board/transportation is at the expense of the competition participant.
  11. The $25.00 application fee is non-refundable.
  12. Audition date/time/place is non-negotiable.
  13. An audition time will be emailed to participant within one week of the application deadline.
  14. Competition participants must supply their respective instrument at audition/performance.
  15. Competition participants must supply their own accompanist at audition.
  16. Judges may come from within or may be guests of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.
  17. Winner selection will be announced and emailed at the end of the audition day.
  18. Judges’ decision is final.
  19. The Kansas City Civic Orchestra can decide not to award winners/prizes.
  20. Failure to abide by these guidelines and rules may result in participant’s disqualification.

Feel free to contact our music director with any additional questions.

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2019 Instrument Petting Zoo

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Our annual Instrument Petting Zoo helps foster an appreciation for music by introducing children to different instruments and even giving them the chance to try playing them. This year’s participants also got to hear a few riffs from some of our talented orchestra members!

The Petting Zoo takes place before our November concert matinee performance. It is free and open to the public.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Concert: Time for Civic

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Our second concert of the 2019-2020 season features music from popular time-related movies! Our family-friendly, abbreviated performance on Saturday will be preceded by our sixth annual Instrument Petting Zoo for children – a great opportunity for budding musicians to learn about and even play different instruments with the guidance of KCCO orchestra members.

Both performances of this concert, as well as the Instrument Petting Zoo, are free and open to the public.

 

“Time for Civic”
Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m.
(preceded by Instrument Petting Zoo at 1:00 p.m.)
Atonement Lutheran Church

– Program –

Back to the Future (Main Theme) Silvestri

Fantasy for a Musical Clock in F minor, K. 608 Mozart

Highlights from Jura

ssic Park Williams

4’33” Cage

Take Five Desmond & Brubeck

INTERMISSION

The Avengers Silvestri

As Time Goes By Hupfeld

Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” Haydn
Andante in 2/4 time

Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz Arlen

Highlights from Doctor Who Gold

 

Sixth Annual Instrument Petting Zoo
Our Instrument Petting Zoo gives aspiring young musicians the opportunity to learn about different kinds of instruments and even try playing them!
The petting zoo is set up with “stations” for the different instruments. Each participant receives a KCCO passport that they can have stamped as they visit each station. It’s a fun musical journey!
In addition to the volunteer orchestra members who assist children with the instruments, KCCO also greatly appreciates the support of Band of Angels, who provides the instruments for the zoo.
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Keith Stanfield

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Keith Stanfield is KCCO’s Concertmaster and a featured artist for our September 28, 2019 concert. As a member of the Opus 76 Quartet, Keith performs over 40 Quartet concerts a year, and has recently recorded two Quartets by living composers David Izzard and Mike Moreland, as well as a quartet by Franz Josef Haydn. Recordings of quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, as well as a complete cycle of Beethoven quartets will take place in 2019. 

Outside of the quartet, Keith made recordings of Mozart Violin Concertos 3 & 4 and works by Johan Sebastian Bach for solo violin (available on iTunes). Concerto performances with orchestra for the 2019/20 season include Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and Beethoven’s violin concerto. Keith has won positions at a number of orchestras. He is currently Concertmaster of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra. 

Keith also presents a free recital series annually, consisting of 5 performances. This year’s series will feature all 10 of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin & piano. Three additional recitals are scheduled for this season, featuring works by Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. A recent performance was reviewed in K.C. Arts Beat as “full of romantic passion..played with intensity..conveyed with authority.. [Brahms’s 3rd Sonata was] lovingly played, a sense of nostalgia and heartache convincingly portrayed.. an exciting and convincing performance.” 

Keith is a former soccer player, who represented Western Samoa in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He played five matches for the country (scoring two goals) before retiring to focus on the violin. He has coached soccer in the UK and the USA. More recently, Keith became a consultant for arts organizations looking to grow their audiences, specializing in online communications. Keith lives in the United States of America in Kansas City, and teaches a small number of students privately.

He started playing the violin with Alison Apley aged 3 and is an alumni of the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Teachers included the late Erik Huston, Remus Azoitei and Christine Grossman.

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Ashley Stanfield

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Ashley Stanfield is a featured artist for KCCO’s season opening concert on September 28, 2019. A former and founding member of the Hampden String Quartet, with whom she won the Sir john Barbirolli Prize for Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music, Ashley is a founding member and violist of the Opus 76 Quartet. 

Ashley performs regularly with the Kansas City and Des Moines Symphonies. She also serves as Principal Violist of the Kinnor Philharmonic and plays in the Saint Joseph Symphony. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Bach Aria Soloists, Spire Ensemble and the KC Baroque Consortium. In 2019, Ashley will appear as a soloist with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, playing Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante”. 

Outside of classical music, Ashley has enjoyed performing with several rock/pop bands including Michael Buble, Belle and Sebastian, Hanson and Johnny Mathis.

A native of Kansas City, Ashley Stanfield has been teaching and performing locally for over ten years. She is an Alumni of both the Interlochen and Idyllwild Arts Academies and holds a Bachelors Degree in Viola performance as well as a Teaching Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was a student of London Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist, Paul Silverthorne. Other teachers include  Miami String Quartet violist, Scott Lee and Christine Grossman, former Principal Violist of the Kansas City Symphony.

As a part of her studies at the Academy, Ashley also worked with many prominent conductors including Trevor Pinnock, Leif Segerstam, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Tadaaki Otaka, and Sir Colin Davis, with whom she recorded Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9. With the U.K. based Hampden String Quartet, she performed regularly at the Oxford Proms and the Prom’s at St. Jude’s concert series. 

Ashley enjoys teaching and has extensive  experience at the beginner through to collegiate level. She currently teaches group violin (elementary level) in the Kansas City Missouri School district via the KC Harmony Project program and formerly served as a teaching artist on the faculty at Drake University. Many of her private students are members of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas All-State and District Orchestras. She lives in Prairie village with her husband and son and their faithful Labrador, Miley. 

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Current Season

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Save the dates for KCCO’s 61st season performances!

“Civic Has Talent”
Featuring Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

with Concertmaster Keith Stanfield, violin and Ashley Stanfield, viola
Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 6:45 pm

Pops Series: “Time for Civic”
Featuring time-themed works including Back to the Future, The Clock, and As Time Goes By

Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00pm*
* Preceded by children’s Instrument Petting Zoo at 1:00 pm

“Sounds of the Season”
Seasonal favorites, a special guest conductor for Sleigh Ride, carols, and more!

Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm

“Russian Winter”
With guest conductor Boris Vayner

Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 6:45 pm

“Beethoven 250 in 2020”
Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 pm
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center (tickets required)

All concerts at Atonement Lutheran Church are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome!

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2019 Carol Chatelain Young Artist Competition Winner

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Meet Allen Zhang, the winner of our 2019 Carol Chatelain Young Artist Competition. At the age of 6, Allen began suzuki listening training at his elementary school in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. In 2013, at the age of 11, he began studying with Simon Gollo, current Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University.

In 2014, Allen moved to Manhattan, Kansas with his family. In the same year, he joined the Gold Orchestra directed by Dr. David Littrell, University Distinguished Professor of Music at Kansas State University. Allen participated in the 2015 Midwest Music Camp at the University of Kansas, in which he won the Outstanding Overall String Musician Award and a full scholarship for the subsequent year. He attended the 2016 Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy in Oranjestad, Aruba, studying under internationally acclaimed musicians Dmitri Berlinsky and Richard Young. Allen was chosen as the state representative at the West Central Division for the 2017 MTNA Junior Strings Competition and the 2018 and 2019 MTNA Senior Strings Competitions. Allen was a finalist in the 2017 Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition and was the winner of the 2017 Midwest Chamber Ensemble Youth Concerto Competition, performing the third movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor. In the summer of 2017, he studied under James Buswell at the 2017 Vianden International Music Festival and School through a grant from the Koch Cultural Trust. He was also selected to the 2017 Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar under full tuition scholarship. Allen was also awarded third place in the 2017 International ENKOR Competition. Allen was selected as the concertmaster for the 2018 Kansas All-State Orchestra. After receiving Overall Winner and Strings Division Winner of the Topeka Young Artist Competition, Allen performed the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra while attending the 2018 Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, studying under Brian Lewis, Sean Riley, and Simon James. Selected as principal second for Carnegie Hall’s 2018 NYO2 orchestra, Allen studied with accomplished orchestral violinists Alex Kerr and Amy Oshiro-Morales as well as conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Allen currently studies with David Colwell, Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Kansas, and Ben Sayevich at Park International Center for Music.

Allen will be performing with KCCO at our Celebrating 60 Years! concert at Helzberg Hall on May 4th.

 

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Musician Spotlight – Michael Tolbert

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Michael Tolbert graduated with a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from Western Michigan University and plays clarinet all around Kansas City. For the last seven seasons he has served as principal clarinet of Kinnor Philharmonic, KC’s own Jewish orchestra, and since 2014 he has played with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. He can also be heard in chamber music settings with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and when he organizes and performs in chamber concerts benefiting AIDS Walk Kansas City. As a drag performer, Michael played solo jazz clarinet as emcee for The Girlie Show (2011-2014) and while competing in national drag pageantry, winning the talent category at Miss Gay America 2011 and, most recently, Miss Gay Nebraska United States 2019.

Michael is thrilled to be involved with KCCO for another season and to be spotlighted this quarter. He hopes that the synergy created by the orchestra, its board, its conductor, and its generous audience will compel Kansas City’s classical music community to continue supporting KCCO for another exciting finale concert at Helzberg Hall in May.

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