- Two tickets to Kansas City Chamber Orchestra’s “Serenade Your Sweetheart” and one rose
- When: Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $25 for balcony seating (up to $43 value)
- $32 for orchestra seating (up to $57 value)<p>
On February 13, the KCCO sets the mood for Valentine’s Day by filling the Old Mission United Methodist Church with candles and playing a collection of love-themed works for strings. Each pair of tickets also includes a rose, which can be carefully placed in a vase, or dried for making romantic trail mix.
- Tchaikovsky–Serenade for Strings: fresh off penning his grandiose 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky used his admiration for Mozart as a jumping-off point for this gorgeous and passionate composition in four movements
- Elgar–Serenade for Strings: Famed English composer Edward Elgar’s wrote his exquisite piece in 1892 to celebrate his third wedding anniversary. Its’ three movements exude a genteel sensibility throughout, first heard in a private performance with Elgar conducting the Worcester Ladies’ Orchestral Class.
- Grieg–”Holberg Suite”: Written to celebrate the writer who is often called “the father of Danish literature,” Grieg’s suite was first performed in Bergen, Norway on the bicentenary of Holberg’s birth. It’s not as odd as it sounds—Holberg was born in Bergen, and Norwegians are notorious party-animals when classical music is involved.
- Arensky–Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky: drawing on a theme from Tchaikovsky’s children’s song, “A Legend,” Arensky created a tribute to the older composer, who had recently passed away<p>
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
Where as most orchestras have 80–100 members, a true chamber orchestra is smaller. That’s why the KCCO only has 10–33 instrumentalists for all of its concerts, harkening 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.<p>