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KCCO’s 62nd Season – Update!

Dear Kansas City Civic Orchestra Patrons,

Like many orchestras around the country and the world, KCCO has had to make some difficult decisions as a result of the Covid 19 virus – including canceling our 2020 concerts. However, we are still looking forward and are now excited to announce our spring 2021 concert season!

March 6, 2021: Due to continued COVID safety measures, we were unable to welcome a live audience to this performance. However, a video of it will soon be available for you to view! You can find updates here or on our social media.

This concert at Atonement Lutheran Church will feature an underserved composer, Florence B. Price. Price’s Symphony No. 1 in E minor was first premiered in 1933 by the Chicago Symphony. Since then, it has been performed only infrequently. This symphony combines Price’s influences of African-American folk song and spirituals with subtle nods to the composer, Dvorak.

April 25, 2021: UPDATED – In response to Covid restrictions and related concerns, KCCO will not be holding our April 25 concert at Helzberg Hall as originally planned. We hope to return there next year. However, there WILL be a performance at another location. Please check back here and on social media for more information.

Our April concert in Helzberg Hall will feature the Chatelain Young Artist Competition Winner from 2020 and the soon-to-be-announced 2021 winner. Our 2020 winner, Theodore Ohly, will be performing the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. The natural and sensitive acoustics of this world-renowned hall will enhance the Civic Orchestra’s programmed works featuring the small to the very large. The concert will open with Kansas City native Virgil Thompson’s The Plow That Broke the Plains Suite and will close with the colossal final movement of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.

Typically our April concert would conclude the orchestra’s season, but this year we’ve added a concert in May!

May 22, 2021: Who doesn’t love some classic favorites? Our final concert will feature some of classical music’s favorite composers and their works, including composers such as Copland, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner, to name a few.

In addition to our upcoming concerts, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra is featuring live musical performances around the greater Kansas City area – our Civic in the City series. Learn more here or by joining us on Facebook by searching “Kansas City Civic Orchestra”.

The Kansas City Civic Orchestra’s free admission to concerts is a deeply rooted mission. We are always touched by the generosity of our supporters, which allows us to continue this mission. Your passion for our community orchestra is inspiring, and we thank you for your continued support!

To say we are excited to be back together rehearsing and preparing concerts is an understatement. We truly look forward to once again offering high-quality and inspiring concerts to the Greater Kansas City community. With hope and excitement, we look towards our 2020 – 2021 season.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Chris Kelts, Music Director

*All concerts are subject to change or cancelation in accordance with health guidelines. **Repertoires are subject to change.