Triumphant Sounds

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Ruslan Biryukov, cello

Classics Series I
7:30pm Saturday, October 24, 2009
Atonement Lutheran Church
9948 Metcalf

  • Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Prelude
  • Tchaikovsky’s “Roccoco  Variations”  for Cello and Orchestra. Ruslan Biryukov, guest soloist and Mu phi Epsilon Artist*
  • Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, D major

*Presented in partnership with the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and sponsored by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation.


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Heroic Finale

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Classic Series IV
Saturday, April 17, 2010
7:30 p.m., pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

The Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St

  • Bruch’s Concerto for violin & viola, Op. 88 E minor
  • Beethoven’s: Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 Eflat major “Eroica”
  • Sarah Gentry & Kate Hamilton, guest soloists

Cost: FREE, no tickets required.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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Kelts Prepares For Second Season

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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.

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