Music through July

The American Guild of Organists is hosting its annual conference in Kansas City between July 2 and 6, and for organ aficionados there is a plethora of offerings of recitals and concerts, some featuring local vocal and instrumental groups in addition to outstanding organists. Some events are for charge and other are free. You should check out the listings below and the AGO web site listed below, for further details. July also brings us the annual Summerfest series of chamber music concerts, which look very attractive this year under the overall title “The Art and Soul of Chamber Music.” In addition, the Kansas City Baroque Ensemble offers an interesting concert on the unusual pianoforte (predecessor of the modern piano).

Spire Chamber Orchestra
Signature Spire
​Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 pm​
Visitation Catholic Church
5141 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.spirechamberensemble.org

Conductor Ben Spalding leads the Spire Chamber Orchestra in a performance of favorites from past years — spirituals, popular, and classical — including a new world premiere.​ The exact repertoire had not been announced as of the publication of this issue of KCMetropolis.


Lee’s Summit Symphony
Booms and Blooms Festival Concert
Saturday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Powell Gardens
1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO
For tickets visit www.powellgardens.org/blooms

The Powell Gardens Booms and Blooms Festival begins at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 and, of most interest to music fans, includes an annual concert of popular and patriotic favorites later in the evening by the Lee’s Summit Symphony.  And stay for the fireworks!

Kansas City Kantorei
Sixth Summer Choral Institute
Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Country Club Christian Church
6401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
and
Sunday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.kansascitykantorei.org

KC Kantorei presents two concerts as part of its annual Summer Choral Institute. The singers will collaborate with 150 of the finest young choralists from throughout the region in concerts led by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Brandon Boyd.

American Guild of Organists, Kansas City Chapter
AGO National Convention
July 2-6
Various locations listed below
For information visit www.agokc2018.com
For tickets to the Kauffman Center performances, visit www.kauffmancenter.org

The American Guild of Organists is bringing its national convention to Kansas City, and there are a number of performances and demonstrations that are available to members of the public. These performances feature several of the outstanding organ instruments we have here in the Kansas City area, including one of the most famous organs in the world, the 1959 Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence. Also included is the Casavant Frères organ, Opus 3875, in the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. In addition, some of the performances will include outstanding choral groups such as the Kansas City Chorale and the Te Deum Choral Ensemble, and instrumental groups such as the Spire Chamber Orchestra. In two performances the Störling Dance Theatre will provide dance “accompaniment” to the organ performances.

Here are the concert listings as of the publication date for this issue of KCMetropolis.org:

Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Andrew Knecht (pre-convention concert)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Meyer Boulevard and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Choral Evensong at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral (pre-convention concert)
415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Christopher Marks (pre-convention concert)
Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS

Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Michael Bauer (pre-convention concert)
Hope Lutheran Church, 6308 Quivira, Shawnee, KS.

Monday, July 2 at 6:45 p.m. ~ “Remembrance and Reconciliation” Opening Celebration
featuring famed Kansas City organist Jan Kraybill and the Spire Chamber Ensemble, and including the world premiere of a piece by James MacMillan, and after the intermission featuring the Kansas City Chorale
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, 16th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, July 3 at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. ~  James C. Higdon
Bales Recital Hall, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS

Tuesday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. ~ Christopher Houlihan
Country Club Christian Church, 6401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. ~ Bach Vespers with Ben Spalding, Jan Kraybill and the Spire Chamber Ensemble Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Douglas Cleveland and the Störling Dance Theatre
Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

Tuesday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Vincent Dubois
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 6630 Nall Avenue, Mission, KS

Wednesday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m. ~ Chelsea Chen, followed by the Convention Hymn Festival featuring “The Peaceable Kingdom” with organists James Bobb, Tom Trenney and conductor Anton Armstrong
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, 16th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Chris Hazelton Trio and David Wickerham
Music Hall, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. ~ Diane Meredith Belcher
Gano Chapel on the campus of William Jewell College, Liberty, MO

Thursday, July 5 at 1:30 p.m. ~ Benjamin Sheen
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Meyer Boulevard and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, July 5 at 1:30 p.m. ~  Te Deum Choral Ensemble
Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

Thursday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. ~ Pipedreams® Live! With Michael Barone and the Rising Stars
a national broadcast originating from the
Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 West Walnut Street, Independence, MO

Thursday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. ~ St. Cecilia Recital with Todd Wilson
Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO

Friday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m. ~ Nicole Keller
Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m. ~ Cardinalis Vocal Ensemble with Anne Marie Rigler
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. ~ Hector Rivera
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. ~ Jennifer Pascual
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. ~ Damin Spritzer
Grand Avenue Temple, 205 East Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. ~ Marie Rubis Bauer
Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

Friday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. ~  Arts Service featuring Jan Kraybill, Elisa Bickers, Lara West, Michael Bower, Störling Dance Theatre,  Te Deum Choral Ensemble and Don Saliers
Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS

Friday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Closing Celebration, “Gratitude and Genesis,”
featuring Kimberly Marshall and Thierry Escaich with an orchestral ensemble conducted by Matthew Shepard
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, 16th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Summerfest
The Art and Soul of Chamber Music: Soul
Concert 1
Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.
White Recital Hall
4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
and
Sunday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.summerfestkc.org

Summerfest, long known for furnishing outstanding chamber music performances to Kansas City audiences during the hot month of July, will present a series of four concerts under the overall title of “The Art and Soul of Chamber Music.”

For the first concert of the 2018 season, Summerfest will feature the Gibbons Suite by contemporary composer Nico Muhly, Ich habe genug by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ernest Bloch’s Piano Quintet No. 1.

Summerfest
The Art and Soul of Chamber Music: Art & Soul
Concert 2
Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.
White Recital Hall
4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
and
Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.summerfestkc.org

In  second concert of the season, the musicians of Summerfest perform compositions of three contemporary composers, Richard Lavenda, Eric Sammut, and Daniel Kellogg. Lavenda’s composition is Chiarusco, Sammut’s is Zapping Trio, and Kellogg’s is Divinum Mysterium.

Kansas City Baroque Ensemble
Outside the Baroque Box
Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Westport Presbyterian Church
201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.kcbaroque.org

The Kansas City Baroque Ensemble brings a summer treat to us on July 20 with music from “the eve of the classical era.” Charles Metz, accompanied by members of the Kansas City Baroque Ensemble, will play the fortepiano in a performance of the Harmonious Blacksmith by Georg Frideric Handel.

Summerfest
The Art and Soul of Chamber Music: Art
Concert 3
Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
White Recital Hall
4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
and
Sunday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.summerfestkc.org

For week three, Summerfest presents contemporary composer Libby Larsen’s composition Blackbirds Red Hills. The concert also includes the Piano Trio in D Minor of French master Gabriel Faure, Albert Roussel’s Serenade for Flute Trio, String Trio and Harp and Brushstrokes by contemporary composer and American oboist Alyssa Morris.

Summerfest
The Art and Soul of Chamber Music: Chamber Music
Concert 4
Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.
White Recital Hall
4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
and
Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO
For tickets visit www.summerfestkc.org

Summerfest wraps up the 2018 season with a concert featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Quartetto Dorico, Wilhelm Friedrich Bach’s Duet No. 1 in E Minor, the Trois Pieces Breve of Jacques Ibert, and Heinrich Hoffman’s Octet in F Major.