Current Season

KCCO’s 64th Season

Welcome to our 2022–2023 season!

Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10 at 2:00pm
Atonement Lutheran Church
“Sounds of the Season”
Featuring the Atonement Jubilation Ringers and holiday favorites

Saturday, March 11 at 7:30pm
Atonement Lutheran Church
“Beethoven 7!”
Featuring guest conductor Alexandra Kovatch and works by Wagner and Beethoven

Saturday, May 6 at 5:30pm
Atonement Lutheran Church
“Transfigured Sound”
Featuring the Chatelain Young Artist, the William Jewell Women’s Chorus, and works by Handel, Debussy, and Strauss

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

Civic in the City

An expansion of our outreach efforts initiated by violinist Jennifer Mitchell, “Civic in the City” is a series of recitals prepared and performed in various neighborhoods around the metro area. Debbie Allen, KCCO principal clarinetist, began the program with a series of recitals in her neighborhood in 2020, and it has continued to grow over the last two summers. 


Upcoming Performances

September 10 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 11)
4900 Central
Kansas City, MO 64112
(green space across the street)

September 17 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 18)
13116 Delmar
Leawood, KS 66209
(near Wilshire Pool)

September 24 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 25)
Macken Park, Performance Stage
1002 Clark Ferguson Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64116


Previous Performances

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.

 

 

61st Season Finale – Canceled

Due to safety measures in response to the Covid-19 virus our season finale concert will not take place as scheduled. 

We truly appreciate your support during our 2019-2020 season. Please check back with us for information on our next season and some special presentations on our Facebook page.

Stay safe and healthy!


Our final concert of 2020!

Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi kicks off our season finale program, followed by Carol Chatelain Young Artist Concerto winner Theodore Ohly (violin) performing the Allegro non troppo movement of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. The second half of the program honors Beethoven, opening with the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 closes the program and features pianist Minju Choi.

 

 

 

——————-Program
R. Wagner –––––––––––Overture to Rienzi, WWV49
É. Lalo –––_________––Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21
––––––––––––––––––––-– Allegro non troppo
_Carol Chatelain Young Artist Concerto Winner Theodore Ohly, violin
–––––____INTERMISSION
L.V. Beethoven –––––––Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
L.V. Beethoven –––––––Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
––––––––––––––––—––––Allegro con brio
––––––––––––––––__—–_Largo
–––––––––––––––––—–__Rondo: Allegro-Presto
______Minju Choi, piano

2020 Carol Chatelain Young Artist Concerto Winner

Chatelain Concerto Winner Teddy Ohly
Meet Theodore “Teddy” Ohly, winner of this year’s Carol Chatelain Young Artist Concerto Competition. Teddy, 13, began studying violin at age five. He took Skype lessons with Julian Meyer, his mother’s teacher from Philadelphia, for three years. When the Ohly family moved to the Kansas City area in 2015, Teddy began studies with Noah Geller, concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. Currently Teddy studies with ChiaFei Lin, associate concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. Teddy is a member of the Ohly trio, along with his brother Oscar (cello) and sister Lucy (violin). He is concertmaster of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Academy Orchestra. Teddy plays club soccer, runs cross country, and enjoys playing tennis. He is a student at Trailridge Middle School in Shawnee, Kansas.

Teddy will join the Kansas City Civic Orchestra during our last concert of this season at the world-renowned Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Teddy will be performing the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21.

Sounds of the Season 2019

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.

Free Concert: Time for Civic

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.