- One ticket to the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s Inspired Journeys: Heroes and Landscapes
- When: Saturday, August 23, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $18 for the mezzanine or grand tier (up to $36 value)
- $25 for the orchestra (up to $46 value)
- Click to view the seating chart
Inspired Journeys: Heroes and Landscapes
By placing Mozart’s farcical overture alongside one of Mendelssohn’s most jubilant symphonies and Beethoven’s “heroic” epic, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra illuminates the hearts and minds of three geniuses with very different aesthetics.
Ludwig van Beethoven—Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”: One of the grandest and most enduring classical works in history, the “Eroica” moves through the hopes, setbacks, and triumphs of a heroic campaign. Inspired by the French Revolution, Beethoven originally dedicated his ambitious yet melodically accessible epic to Napoleon. But when that hero of the people became a tyrant, the composer erased his name from the manuscript, declaring, “He’s just a rascal like all the others.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro”: The famous comic opera moves at a fast clip, and its overture is no exception. The piece’s quick tempo and cheekily trilling strings lay a farcical foundation on which the rest of the opera builds.
Felix Mendelssohn—Symphony No. 4 “Italian Symphony: “It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement,” wrote an ecstatic Mendelssohn as he composed his valentine to Italy. Starting with a merry sonata, the symphony ends in an even merrier uptempo dance movement.
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.