Civic in the City

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Although our regular concert was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KCCO musicians have been meeting in small groups to rehearse and perform while maintaining appropriate safety measures.  An expansion of our outreach efforts, begun by violinist Jennifer Mitchell, “Civic in the City” is a series of recitals prepared and performed in various neighborhoods around town.  Debbie Allen, principal clarinetist, began the neighborhood performances with a series of four recitals in her neighborhood during the months of June and July.  Duos, trios, and quartets were performed outdoors for appreciative, and safely socially distanced,  audience members.

A highlight of Civic in the City is the performance of an original composition for string quartet, As The River Flows, written by our own Debbie Allen.  The inspiration for the composition was watching nature unfold in all its glory, while sheltering in place, at the onset of the virus.  As The River Flows includes three movements: Life Endures, Nature Restores, and Water Glistens.

During the month of August, Civic in the City recitals have included a duo performance by Ruth Sadasivan and Jennifer Mitchell and a combined performance of string and woodwind players.  Additional neighborhood recitals are in the planning stages. If you would like to host a KCCO performance in your neighborhood, please email us and we’ll get in touch to discuss the when, where, and how!

 

Upcoming Performance Dates

September 17 (Lee’s Summit)
September 24 (Brookside)
October 2 (KCMO)
October 3 (KCMO)
October 7 (KCMO)
October 10 (KCMO – Waldo)

Due to limited space, we must limit the number of attendees at these performances. If you would like to attend a performance, please email us to sign up for more specific Civic in the City updates.

 

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Musician Spotlight – Debbie Allen

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pic of Debbie AllenDebbie Allen is principal clarinet and woodwind section leader for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra.  She is a music educator with experience teaching at all grade levels in vocal and instrumental music.  Debbie also enjoys creating original music for school bands and orchestras, both to challenge and inspire kids as well as to give back and honor the inspiration and enlightenment she has received as an educator. Her recent compositions include music for string quartet.  Music and recordings may be found at www.jwpepper.com/myscore/musictoinspire. Debbie holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Emporia State University. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty instructor at Baker University and spends summers working at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp.

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