Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra perform "Great Wind Serenades by Dvořák and Mozart"
- When: Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Unity Temple on the Plaza
- Door time: a preconcert talk begins at 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $15 for balcony seating (up to $27 value)
- $22 for main floor seating (up to $37 value)
Great Wind Serenades by Dvořák and Mozart
- Mozart—Divertimento in F major: Created to serve as the background to social occasions such as dinners and staring at the empty space on the wall where a TV could go, divertimenti are merry, lighthearted tunes. Mozart wrote more than 30, including this example for wind sextet.
- Gounod—Petite Symphonie: Famous for Funeral March of a Marionette—which would become the theme for Alfred Hitchcock Presents—Charles Gounod created this similarly watchmaker-precise piece for a woodwind chamber group started by his superstar flautist friend Paul Taffanel.
- Weill—Selections from Threepenny Opera: Tasked by Bertolt Brecht with creating the music for his masterpiece The Threepenny Opera, Kurt Weill turned to the jazzy sounds of the seamy cabarets that blossomed in the disarray of Weimar Germany. "Mack the Knife" was added at the last moment when the star refused to appear without a catchy introductory number, and it became the show's signature tune.
- Dvořák—Serenade for Winds in D minor: This piece look back to late-18th-century styles in a classic form that pays homage to Mozart and Haydn, but it nods to Czech nationalism in its use of peasant dances. Dvořák bridges the gap between these modes by setting a polka motif within the formal harmonic language of the 1870s.
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
Most orchestras have 80–100 members, but a true chamber orchestra is smaller. The 10–33 instrumentalists that take the stage at the KCCO's concerts harken back to the small-ensemble, pretzel-stick-baton days of Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi. The orchestra pays further tribute to these artists by regularly performing their works in addition to more unconventional programs: they've collaborated with artists as diverse as Paul Mesner Puppets, Owen/Cox Dance, and the Kansas City Chorale. Led by Music Director/Conductor Bruce Sorrell, KCCO is celebrating its' 27th season of concerts.