An Epic Finale!

Our final concert of the 2021/2022 season takes place on May 15 at Helzberg Hall. The performance will open with Borodin’s exciting Polovtsian Dances. Also featured will be Fauré’s beautiful Pelléas et Mélisande Suite and the finale movement of Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8. 

KCCO is also excited to present the first and second place winners of the 2022 Chatelain Young Artist Competition.  Making their debuts at Helzberg Hall will be William Savage (11, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major) and Sophia Monroe (15, playing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole).

Please note that, while the concert is free, tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved on the Kauffman Center website or by calling the box office at 816.994.7222. Parking is also available ($10, or $18 for valet parking) and may be purchased when you reserve your tickets.

Concert Program

Polovtsian Dances (Alexander Borodin)

Chatelain Young Artist Solos
William Savage (cello) performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major
Sophia Monroe (violin) performing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (Gabriel Urbain Fauré)
Prélude (quasi adagio)
Fileuse (andantino quasi allegretto)
Sicilienne (allegro molto moderato)
Mort de Mélisande (molto adagio)

Symphony No. 8, in C minor, WAB 108, Haas Ed. (Anton Bruckner)
Finale: Feierlich nicht schnell – langsamer

2022 Chatelain Young Artists

This year’s Chatelain Young Artist competition drew several extremely talented musicians. For the first time ever, KCCO judges invoked the option to have both first and second place winners perform at our season finale concert at Helzberg Hall. Meet our winners!

First Place Winner, Will Savage

11-year old Will Savage is in fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary School in Overland Park. Will studies cello with Susie Yang and plays in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra. He started studying when he was three with Sheila Kilcoyne in Washington state, after falling in love with the cello and begging to start lessons as a one-year-old. Will dreams of playing Mahler as a cellist in the New York Philharmonic and writing a symphony someday. He also enjoys basketball, ping-pong, swimming, board games, Lego, math, reading, and cheering on the Chiefs.


Second Place Winner, Sophia Monroe

Sophia Monroe is a 15-year-old violinist from Overland Park, Kansas. Sophia began studying the violin at the age of two with Christy Paxton in Bentonville, AR. As a teenager she studied under the instruction of Rebecca Metzger-Cutler, and she currently studies with Dr. Zsolt Eder. Sophia has had the privilege of performing with the Ozark Festival Orchestra as a soloist. She was also thrilled to perform as a soloist with the Fort Smith Symphony as part of the “Earquake!” concert series. During the concert series, she was able to share her love of music and the arts as she performed for over 5,000 local children. Sophia has also been privileged to take masterclasses with various artists such as Time for Three, Elizabeth Pitcairn, and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt. She also volunteers her time to perform at nursing homes and VA homes. In her free time, Sophia enjoys ice skating and origami.