3rd Annual Silent Auction


Join in the fun and excitement of our Third Annual Silent Auction. The tables full of goodies and unique gifts will be waiting for your bid in the foyer during an extended intermission at our upcoming Sounds of the Season Concert on Dec. 11.

All proceeds raised by the auction will be used to support the orchestra’s free concerts and your donation is tax deductible.

Here is a preview of just a few of the wonderful baskets our orchestra members have put together.

goldenbaum_320x240Mystery basket
Stay in from the cold while enjoying a bottle of wine and four mystery novels autographed by bestselling author Sally Goldenbaum.

Feast at some of Kansas City’s best BBQ restaurants and then try out your barbeque skills at home with grilling tools and barbeque rubs and sauces.

gamenight_320x240Family Game Night
Challenge your family to a game of Scrabble, Uno, Clue and more while enjoying yummy popcorn. Perfect for an evening in on a cold winter night and some friendly competition!

pamper_320x240Pamper yourself
Spend some time relaxing after the craziness of the holidays. An assortment of lotions, soaps, chocolates and candles will help you unwind  and take it easy after the holiday rush is over.


Conduct the Civic!


Have you ever dreamed what it would be like to stand in front of more than 80 musicians and when you raised your hand, they would all begin to play? If you’ve ever dreamed of conducting an orchestra, here’s your chance! As a special preview to our silent auction in December, The Kansas City Civic Orchestra will auction off an opportunity to conduct Sleigh Ride during our Sounds of the Season concert on Saturday, December 11.

Place your bids at our concert this Saturday at Atonement Lutheran Church.

The person placing the winning bid will get:

  • One 30-minute conducting lesson with Music Director Christopher Kelts
  • A copy of the Sleigh Ride score
  • A dress rehearsal with the orchestra Saturday morning
  • The opportunity to conduct Sleigh Ride during our Sounds of the Season concert

All proceeds will go to support the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and our mission of providing free concerts to the Kansas City community. KCCO is a non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductable.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Minimum bid: $200


KCCO’s 52nd Season


It’s 3:22 a.m., and it is pretty typical that I am awake at this hour working or trying to find something to do to fall back asleep. Tonight I have decided to use this time to write a blog entry talking about the Kansas City Civic Orchestra’s upcoming 52nd season. We have an excitng season planned with great guest soloists, and of course, wonderful repertoire.

Our first concert in October will feature soloist Ruslan Biryukov, whom you may remember was with us last year performing the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky. Well, he has returned and will be performing a work that is not performed as often, but is still a staple in the cello repertoire: Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertate for Cello and Orchestra. This piece will open the season and accompany two other famous Russian composers; Borodin and Stravinsky. Since the concert is entitled “Nostrovia! A Celebration of Russian Music” the Civic Orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 2 by Borodin and Stravinsky’s wonderful Berceause and Finale from his Firebird Suite (1919). As a side note, did you know Nostrovia is Russian for “cheers”? It might not be appropriate to bring your favorite vodka to the concert – so bring your other spirit for hearing great music and join us. Please remember to stay up to speed on our website for concert dates and times.

In November we will perform Schubert’s famous Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”. I will dive into more detail during my pre-concert talk for this concert…trying to answer questions like “Is there another reason it was entitled Unfinished, besides the obvious?” and “Why wasn’t Schubert as popular as Beethoven?” Information on this pre-concert talk can be found on our website. This concert is pretty interesting in the fact that the first half features a much smaller version of the Civic Orchestra. We will open the concert with Rameau’s Les Indes Galante Suite. If you have not seen this baroque opera, I encourage you to get to your Netflix or Amazon.com accounts and find this work – particularly performed under the music direction of William Christie. We have two soloists for this concert: Sophia Tegart, piccolo, and James Keel Williams, bassoon. Both will be performing concerti by Vivaldi…and I don’t know about you…but Vivaldi is one of my favorite composers. Seems his ability to write both dramatic and fun music contains a great balance that is sure to please.

The first half our season ends in December with our annual Sounds of the Season.  The Civic Orchestra is sure to make your preparations for the upcoming holiday season a festive one. This year we have a few tricks up our sleeve for your listening pleasure…but I can’t reveal them.  Rest assured that when you attend this concert, you will walk out whistling your favorite tune. This is always a wonderful concert for us to give to you. Though it is usually cold outside, inside it is warm and happy. So come and hear us for some of your favorite Christmas and other holiday favorites. Get there early – this concert is always packed to the rooftops!

Well, I’m nearing the end of this post, and it is almost 4 a.m. Certainly the time has flown by. Rest assured I will post another entry talking about the second half of our season…oh yes…we have more. Mahler anyone? …it is a 100 anniversary year for this composer. We have Beethoven, Wagner, Mendelssohn and some Copland. We still have Jessica Goldring, our Mezzo-Soprano, and Yu-Fang Chen, our violinist, to introduce you to. So stay connected with us on the website…

I look forward to seeing you and you hearing us at the next concert!

52nd Season full concert schedule


Silent Auction – The Winners!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our silent auction fundraiser at our opening concert – it was a wonderful success!

We are in the process of contacting the winners  to make arrangements for picking up items their items.  If you need to make arrangements to pick up your item, want to see if you had the winning bid or have a general question about the auction, please e-mail us kccivicorchestra@gmail.com.


Kelts Prepares For Second Season

Christopher Kelts, Conductor
Christopher Kelts, Conductor

A native of St. Louis, Christopher Kelts is ready to begin his second season as music director/conductor of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. He also conducts the Eastern Jackson County Youth Orchestra, and has guest conducted with the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks and the Atchison Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kelts is also the former assistant conductor of the Kansas City Ballet.

Mr. Kelts is currently finishing a doctoral conducting degree from UMKC-Conservatory of Music & Dance. He holds degrees in orchestral conducting; studying with such teachers as Robert Olson, Glenn Block, and Paul Vermel. Alongside his conducting training, Mr. Kelts is also a trained violist. His teachers include Karen Tuttle, Kate Hamilton, and Amy Muchnick. While at UMKC, Mr. Kelts served as assistant conductor of the Conservatory Orchestras and Opera. He has performed such operas as Le nozze di Figaro, Il Ritorno di Ulisses in Patria, Sussanah, Pirates of Penzanc e, Hansel and Gretel, Guilo Cesare, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. [nggallery id=1]

For the past seven years, Christopher Kelts has served as faculty and conductor for Missouri State University’s Summer String Institute. Mr. Kelts is currently faculty for the Stringedo String Insitute through the Conservatory’s Academy of Music & Dance.